How to Predict Everything

Pages: 320
Subject: Popular Science, Economics
Imprint: Oneworld

How to Predict Everything

The Formula Transforming What We Know About Life and the Universe

William Poundstone

How do you predict something that has never happened before?
9781786075710 (6 Jun 2019)
RRP £12.99

The Book

There's a useful calculation being used by Wall Street, Silicon Valley and maths professors all over the world, and it predicts that human civilization will be over in 760 years. Unfortunately, there is disagreement over how to apply the formula, and according to one physicist it should be more like 115.

With his rare gift for explaining mathematical concepts and a keen eye for the revealing anecdote, William Poundstone explains how it is done, with brief detours into archaeology, philology, and overdue library books. Using its deceptively simple method, we can look at the world around us with new eyes. What is the chance that there are multiple universes? How long will Hamilton run? Will the US stock market continue to perform as well this century as it has for the last hundred years?

And are we all doomed?

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science, Economics
Pages 320
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

William Poundstone is the author of fourteen books, including the international bestseller Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? He lives in Los Angeles.


‘One of the best science writers of our time has taken on one of the most interesting and important subjects of all time - how to predict the future under great uncertainty… A gripping read.'

- Michael Shermer, author of Heavens on Earth

‘A very interesting and definitive book on this subject.'

- J. Richard Gott, astrophysicist and author of The Cosmic Web

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