The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
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The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds


Best-selling author Michael Lewis examines how a Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.

Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis’s own work possible. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms.

The Undoing Project is about the fascinating collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield—both had important careers in the Israeli military—and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences. In the process they may well have changed, for good, mankind’s view of its own mind.

Title:The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:362 pages

    The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds Reviews

  • Trish
    Dec 22, 2016

    This nonfiction is unlike others Michael Lewis has offered us. In this he tries the trick of explaining confusion by demonstrating confusion, but near the end of this work we appreciate again Lewis’...

  • David Rush
    Dec 29, 2016

    I will be bold, and confidently tell you what this book is all about...Humans making decisions are inherently handicapped by systematic biases that make them think they are being logical, but often, o...

  • Christy
    Dec 24, 2016

    To start with the mundane and annoying: for a book with this much technical content, terms, and names an index almost seems a necessity, yet none was provided. More foot/endnotes and perhaps a fuller ...

  • Nilesh
    Dec 20, 2016

    What really works in the book is Mr Lewis's ability to tell/create a story.Behavioural economics/finance/psychology is a fairly, well-known relatively old science by now, no matter how much of its pro...

  • Owlseyes
    Dec 11, 2016

    Yes, what were the odds???It seems the two psychologists could have given a guess on the question:"How likely is it that a billionaire businessman from New York with no experience in government gets e...

  • Sandra Fish
    Jan 08, 2017

    For someone who took many statistics courses, this book is a a fun read. And there are many layers to the story, including some good Israeli history and a look at how professional and personal relatio...

  • Kathrin Passig
    Jan 02, 2017

    Nicht zum ersten Mal wegen eines Buchs den Bahnhof zum Aussteigen verpasst, aber zum ersten Mal wegen eines Sachbuchs.Etwas gründlichere Besprechung hier:

  • Frank Stein
    Dec 31, 2016

    After reading this book, you will be amazed that two people, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, psychology professors in an academic backwater, could so thoroughly reshape how humans understand themsel...

  • Helen French
    Jan 12, 2017

    Another clever book from Michael Lewis, who is an excellent 'explainer'. As you're reading, everything about the topic makes perfect sense. Then you finish the last page, close the book and try to tel...

  • Kate Vane
    Jan 13, 2017

    I’ve read quite a few books on popular psychology and behavioural economics so I expected to skim a bit but I was gripped by The Undoing Project from start to finish.It tells the story of the collab...