Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

by Peter L. Bernstein

Wiley | September 11, 2012 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
A Business Week, New York Times Business, and USA TodayBestseller

"Ambitious and readable . . . an engaging introduction to theoddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as true humanists helping torelease mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fatalism."-The New York Times

"An extraordinarily entertaining and informative book." -The WallStreet Journal

"A lively panoramic book . . . Against the Gods sets up anambitious premise and then delivers on it." -Business Week

"Deserves to be, and surely will be, widely read." -TheEconomist

"[A] challenging book, one that may change forever the way peoplethink about the world." -Worth

"No one else could have written a book of such central importancewith so much charm and excitement." -Robert Heilbroner author, TheWorldly Philosophers

"With his wonderful knowledge of the history and currentmanifestations of risk, Peter Bernstein brings us Against the Gods.Nothing like it will come out of the financial world this year orever. I speak carefully: no one should miss it." -John KennethGalbraith Professor of Economics Emeritus, Harvard University

In this unique exploration of the role of risk in our society,Peter Bernstein argues that the notion of bringing risk undercontrol is one of the central ideas that distinguishes modern timesfrom the distant past. Against the Gods chronicles the remarkableintellectual adventure that liberated humanity from oracles andsoothsayers by means of the powerful tools of risk management thatare available to us today.

"An extremely readable history of risk." -Barron's

"Fascinating . . . this challenging volume will help you understandthe uncertainties that every investor must face." -Money

"A singular achievement." -Times Literary Supplement

"There's a growing market for savants who can render the reconditeintelligibly-witness Stephen Jay Gould (natural history), OliverSacks (disease), Richard Dawkins (heredity), James Gleick(physics), Paul Krugman (economics)-and Bernstein would mingle wellin their company." -The Australian

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Published: September 11, 2012

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0470534532

ISBN - 13: 9780470534533

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Did you ever wonder about the people whose names are sprinkled in the statistical books used for courses in the universities. Why did they come up with such formulae, what was their motivation, and their objective. Well now Against the Gods attempts to open up secrets about these individuals.
Date published: 2003-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from In light of recent events... Great anectdotes of famous mathematicians...but he credits Black/Shcoles too heavily...consider the recent turn of events at Long Term Capital, which some are now calling "Wrong Turn Capital"!. An enjoyable writer whose style brings math to life!
Date published: 1998-10-31

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Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

by Peter L. Bernstein

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: September 11, 2012

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0470534532

ISBN - 13: 9780470534533

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A Business Week, New York Times Business, and USA TodayBestseller

"Ambitious and readable . . . an engaging introduction to theoddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as true humanists helping torelease mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fatalism."-The New York Times

"An extraordinarily entertaining and informative book." -The WallStreet Journal

"A lively panoramic book . . . Against the Gods sets up anambitious premise and then delivers on it." -Business Week

"Deserves to be, and surely will be, widely read." -TheEconomist

"[A] challenging book, one that may change forever the way peoplethink about the world." -Worth

"No one else could have written a book of such central importancewith so much charm and excitement." -Robert Heilbroner author, TheWorldly Philosophers

"With his wonderful knowledge of the history and currentmanifestations of risk, Peter Bernstein brings us Against the Gods.Nothing like it will come out of the financial world this year orever. I speak carefully: no one should miss it." -John KennethGalbraith Professor of Economics Emeritus, Harvard University

In this unique exploration of the role of risk in our society,Peter Bernstein argues that the notion of bringing risk undercontrol is one of the central ideas that distinguishes modern timesfrom the distant past. Against the Gods chronicles the remarkableintellectual adventure that liberated humanity from oracles andsoothsayers by means of the powerful tools of risk management thatare available to us today.

"An extremely readable history of risk." -Barron's

"Fascinating . . . this challenging volume will help you understandthe uncertainties that every investor must face." -Money

"A singular achievement." -Times Literary Supplement

"There's a growing market for savants who can render the reconditeintelligibly-witness Stephen Jay Gould (natural history), OliverSacks (disease), Richard Dawkins (heredity), James Gleick(physics), Paul Krugman (economics)-and Bernstein would mingle wellin their company." -The Australian