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Scientific and mathematical pioneers employed bold thinking to embark on a remarkable adventure of intellectual discovery. Bernstein, an economic consultant, describes in "Against the Gods" how the rational process of risk taking propelled the process of science and enterprise into the modern world of speed, power, instant communication, and sophisticated finance. A Business Week, New York Times Business, and USA Today Bestseller"Ambitious and readable . . . an engaging introduction to the oddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as true humanists helping to release mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fatalism."--The New York Times"An extraordinarily entertaining and informative book."--The Wall Street Journal"A lively panoramic book . . . Against the Gods sets up an ambitious premise and then delivers on it."--Business Week"Deserves to be, and surely will be, widely read."--The Economist"[A] challenging book, one that may change forever the way people think about the world."--Worth"No one else could have written a book of such central importance with so much charm and excitement."--Robert Heilbroner author, The Worldly Philosophers"With his wonderful knowledge of the history and current manifestations of risk, Peter Bernstein brings us Against the Gods. Nothing like it will come out of the financial world this year or ever. I speak carefully: no one should miss it."--John Kenneth Galbraith Professor of Economics Emeritus, Harvard UniversityIn this unique exploration of the role of risk in our society, Peter Bernstein argues that the notion of bringing risk under control is one of the central ideas that distinguishes modern times from the distant past. Against the Gods chronicles the remarkable intellectual adventure that liberated humanity from oracles and soothsayers by means of the powerful tools of risk management that are available to us today."An extremely readable history of risk."--Barron's"Fascinating . . . this challenging volume will help you understand the uncertainties that every investor must face."--Money"A singular achievement."--Times Literary Supplement"There's a growing market for savants who can render the recondite intelligibly-witness Stephen Jay Gould (natural history), Oliver Sacks (disease), Richard Dawkins (heredity), James Gleick (physics), Paul Krugman (economics)-and Bernstein would mingle well in their company."--The Australian
Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk is a book by Andrew Scott that explores the history of risk taking and the role of chance in human society. The book covers topics such as the history of gambling, the concept of risk, and how risk has been used in various cultures. It also discusses how modern society has changed the way that people perceive risk. The book was published by Penguin in October 2016.... read more.