Fluke: Chance, Chaos, and Why Everything We Do Matters (Hardback)
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Fluke: Chance, Chaos, and Why Everything We Do Matters (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 01/02/2024
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A compelling investigation into the overarching importance of chance and randomness in both individuals' lives and the workings of society as a whole from the author of Corruptible.

In Fluke, myth-shattering social scientist Brian Klaas deep-dives into the phenomenon of randomness, unpicking our neat and tidy storybook version of events to reveal a reality far wilder and more fascinating than we have dared to consider. The bewildering truth is that but for a few incidental changes, our lives - and our societies - would be radically different.

Offering an entirely new perspective, Fluke explores how our world really works, driven by strange interactions and random events. How much difference does our decision to hit the snooze button make? Did one couple's vacation really change the course of the twentieth century? What are the smallest accidents that have tilted the course of history itself?

The mind-bending lessons of this phenomenon challenge our beliefs about the very workings of the world. From the evolution of human biology and natural disasters to the impact of global events on supply chain disruptions, every detail matters because of the web of connectivity that envelops us. So what if, by exploding our illusion of control, we can make better decisions and live happy, fulfilling lives?

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781399804516
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Consistently gripping - dazzling in its sweep and thrillingly brain-twisting in its argument - Tom Holland, author of RUBICON and PERSIAN FIRE

Drawing on many disciplines, this fascinating book explores the combination of chaos and order that governs our lives and probes the deep question of whether we truly have free will - Mervyn King, co-author of RADICAL UNCERTAINTY and former Governor of the Bank of England

A brilliant meditation on the eternal clash between chaos and order, and determinism and freedom. Klaas grapples with some of the most difficult, mind-bending questions of our time - or any time - [and] makes these heady topics a blast to read - Scott Patterson, New York Times bestselling author of CHAOS KINGS and THE QUANTS

Klaas expertly weaves riveting stories about real people, posing deep questions with uncertain answers. Self-exploration is a journey into the unknown, and Klaas is a genial guide - Donald D. Hoffman, author of THE CASE AGAINST REALITY

Klaas explores how seemingly inconsequential actions have life-changing consequences. This utterly captivating book will make you rethink everything you have ever done - Sabine Hossenfelder, physicist and New York Times bestselling author of EXISTENTIAL PHYSICS

At this book's fascinating core is the idea that all of our actions count because of the web of connectivity that envelops us. Brian Klaas is masterful in surfacing stories of history upended on a whim - Jonah Berger, New York Times bestselling author of CONTAGIOUS

Fluke is the intellectual equivalent of a slap across the face...Klaas's beautifully written application of chaos theory to human experience won't just shift your paradigm, it'll detonate it - Jonathan Gottschall, author of THE STORYTELLING ANIMAL

In truth we are subject to a ceaseless barrage of unpredictable, but life-changing, events. Marshalling a series of provocative examples, Brian Klaas paints a convincing picture of the central role of randomness, and why there can nevertheless be a bit of order amid the chaos - Sean Carroll, author of THE BIGGEST IDEAS IN THE UNIVERSE

Its core premise is that the world is a lot more uncertain than we like to believe it is - and if we want to have healthy, happy lives, we should probably stop pretending we can eliminate randomness . . . It's uplifting to acknowledge the interconnected, contingent nature of our world . . . There's something empowering about feeling every moment of your life could change the world - New Statesman

Provocative and compelling, bringing the complex relationship between order and chaos vividly alive . . . there is every chance you will love it - New Scientist

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