Fluke: Chance, Chaos, and Why Everything We Do Matters


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$30.00  $27.90
Scribner Book Company
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.87 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Brian Klaas grew up in Minnesota, earned his DPhil at Oxford, and is now a professor of global politics at University College London. He is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, host of the award-winning Power Corrupts podcast, and frequent guest on national television. Klaas has conducted field research across the globe and advised major politicians and organizations including NATO and the European Union. You can find him at BrianPKlaas.com and on Twitter @BrianKlaas.


"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: How Stories Make Us Human
"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: A Scientist's Guide to Life's Biggest Questions
"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
"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: Space, Time, and Motion
"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
"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: How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
"Consistently gripping--dazzling in its sweep and thrillingly brain-twisting in its arguments."
--Tom Holland, author of Rubicon and Persian Fire
"Klaas calls attention to the way chance redirects our lives and spins us into new orbits, showing how we can be energized by all of the jostling....A must read!"
--Maya Shankar, founder of the White House Social and Behavior Sciences Team and creator of the podcast, A Slight Change of Plans