The Undoing Project

The Undoing Project

A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780393254594
Branch Call Number: 612.8233 KAH LEW
Characteristics: 362 pages


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Oct 30, 2019

I like Michael Lewis. He's exposed a lot of sketchy issues related to finance, investing, the stock market, the banks, technology related to all of the above. But this book simply did not resonate with me. Don't recommend it if you are looking for a read typical of ML.

JCLChrisK Apr 18, 2018

This is an engaging, entertaining biography of a partnership; it's not so much about the full lives of psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky as it is the story of their relationship--one which has had far-reaching influence on many thinkers and practitioners today. Lewis describes who they were, their ideas, and their interpersonal dynamics. Anyone interested in learning more about how the human mind works will find it fascinating.

Jan 09, 2018

Michael Lewis has a talent for creating readable and interesting stories out of seemingly mundane or arcane subjects, but the material for this book was simply too challenging to render into something as accessible as Money Ball or The Big Short. There’s only so much he can write about two brilliant psychologists collaborating to create ground breaking approaches for revealing how humans think and make decisions. In fact the most interesting parts of the book were about the early lives of Kahneman, Tversky, and other Israeli colleagues during Israel’s founding years. The better book to learn about their research is Kahneman’s own “Thinking Fast and Slow”, or try behavioural economist Richard Thaler’s book “Nudge” for how it can be applied.

Sep 17, 2017

I'm reluctant to throw cold water on all the rapturous commentary about this book, but I found it a complete waste of time.
Most of the book is an endless, meandering, adoring, and largely incoherent biography of a couple of psychologist.
The rest of the book is a meandering and largely incoherent presentation of some of their professional work.
Do yourself a favour - give this one a pas.

May 30, 2017

Over my head.

May 25, 2017

So happy Michael Lewis decided to focus his incredible talent on this story. These two extraordinary thinkers have changed so many lives, and made our world such a better place. Nothing better than to have a genius writer write about geniuses.

As usual, Lewis condenses complicated storylines and extraordinary stories into easy to understand, mind-blowing lessons folded into a beautiful narrative. Economics and psychology can be complicated yet are extremely fascinating, and weaving personality and character into difficult concepts makes this book impossible to stop reading.

Michael Lewis does this thing where it seems as if he wrote this book just for you. Like it's your personal treasure of information he's sharing just with you, just for you.

Apr 27, 2017

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Apr 20, 2017

extremely insightful and easy read for anyone unfamiliar with Behavioral Economics.
Enjoyed this immensely.

Apr 14, 2017

This book is for the most part a treatise on Behavioral Psychology (Behavioral Economics?) I would add though that a good bit of the book deals with the behaviour of Amos Tvesky and Daniel Kahneman and their relationship as co-researchers. The author used this friendship to demonstrate how the human mind indulges in fallacious 'reasoning' and I must confess that even as a Math student I fell for some of the traps. I think the relationship between Danny and Amos added a degree of humanity to what could have otherwise been a dry subject. As Danny pointed out it was as though, "we were sharing a mind." It is we who benefited from this partnership.

Mar 16, 2017

I enjoyed the author's summery on an interview more than the book. Seemed a little bit like a meandering biography of 2 men who could be considered the ultimate Odd Couple. Some of their pursuits seems foolish and a waste of time and I am sure psychology is not that. Common sense sometimes can explain the same conclusions that they came to.

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