How the idea of risk propelled the process of science and enterprise into the modern world'It is said that no one can beat the odds. That may be true, but Peter Bernstein can make you understand what it means to take risks, financial and otherwise. No one else could have written a book of such central importance with so much charm and excitement.'--Robert Heilbroner, author of The Worldly PhilosophersIn a narrative that reads like a novel, Against the Gods tells the story of a group of famous scientists and ingenious amateurs who actually discovered the notion of risk--of scientifically linking the present to the future. Like Prometheus, these pioneers equipped humanity with a set of tools that would spark the achievements of the modern world.People constantly make choices, arrive at decisions, and take risks.