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The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds (Signed Edition) - Michael Lewis

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds (Signed Edition)

Author Michael Lewis

  • Published: 2016-12-06
  • Category: Science & Nature
4.5 Stars
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Price: $20.99


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 in 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 a compelling 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. Amos Tversky was a brilliant, self-confident warrior and extrovert, the center of rapt attention in any room; Kahneman, a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood, was an introvert whose questing self-doubt was the seedbed of his ideas. They became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, working together so closely that they couldn’t remember whose brain originated which ideas, or who should claim credit. They flipped a coin to decide the lead authorship on the first paper they wrote, and simply alternated thereafter.

This story about the workings of the human mind is explored through the personalities of two fascinating individuals so fundamentally different from each other that they seem unlikely friends or colleagues. In the process they may well have changed, for good, mankind’s view of its own mind.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Good Overview of Research by Kahnemann & Tversky

    From John O'Meara
    Michael Lewis is a very good and compelling writer. He puts together the broad outlines of the amazing research carried out by these two psychologists. The personal elements are fascinating and compelling, and these are clearly two very interesting and complex people. Lewis also presents some of the basics of their findings and makes clear why their work has had such a significant impact. I strongly encourage anyone anyone who finds this book interesting to read Kahnemann's "Thinking Fast and Slow". This is a long read, but it lays out the broad sweep of two lifetimes of original and creative thinking and is well worth the time it takes to read and study. So kudos to Michael Lewis for switching from the degenerates of the financial world to humans who have made important contributions to our understanding of ourselves.