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Ergodicity: Definition, Examples, And Implications, As Simple As Possible


What's ergodicity, and why it matters?

"The Most Important Property to Understand in Probability, in Life, in Anything." – Nassim Nicholas Taleb on ergodicity.

"I think the most under-rated idea is ergodicity." – David Perell, author.


Is ergodicity the most important concept in decision-making and behavioral sciences? (Yes.)

Is it relevant for you in your daily life? (Yes.)

Is it possible to explain it so simply that a grandma or a high-schooler can understand it? (Yes.)

Even if they know nothing about maths? (Yes.)


That's because ergodicity is an important idea with so many practical applications. Sadly, most books describe it in a very technical way, making it inaccessible to most people.
In this short book, 6-times author Luca Dellanna describes ergodicity as simply as possible. You will read stories about how not knowing about it destroyed his cousin’s career as a skier, or how misunderstanding it caused additional deaths during the pandemic. You will learn how to spot situations in which ergodicity matters and the three strategies to react appropriately.


The book is approximately 166 pages long, of which 143 are pure content and the rest tables of content, etc.

This page sells the eBook / Kindle version. Around mid-November, the paperback version will become available on Amazon and in selected stores (e.g., most Barnes & Noble).


Who is this book for?

This book is for readers interested in growing themselves, their career, or their business, and who want to learn about ergodicity and its practical applications without having to understand its mathematical foundation. No mathematical knowledge is required, only a high-school level understanding of English.

Readers who want to master the theory and mathematical foundation of ergodicity are better off reading a more formal manuscript. This book is not a substitute for it, but a complement.


You might also be interested in my second Roam book, on management (link).


About the author

Luca Dellanna is the author of 7 books. He is a researcher in complexity science and emergent behaviors, and an operational excellence consultant. He spoke at Nudgestock and regularly teaches management workshops and risk management courses.

His personal website is Luca-Dellanna.com and his Twitter is @DellAnnaLuca.


What you will get

By purchasing this book, you will receive all of the following:

  • PDF version
  • .ePub version (compatible with Apple Books & other eBook readers)
  • .mobi version (Kindle)

Moreover, you will get added to my mailing list, where I frequently publish essays that do not make it into books.


The Roam version

This book is also available as a Roam Research graph.

Roam is a website that shows content in an interconnected way, a bit like Wikipedia. Reading the book this way will allow you to go back and forth content at your pace and following your interests.

"Ten minutes in, and I'm already questioning whether I'll want to read another non-fiction book *not* published in Roam format. How fascinating and so very valuable. Thank you Luca Dellanna" – Conor M. Ogle (link)

Important: reading the Roam version requires a pre-existing Roam subscription, which is not included in this bundle.

If you purchase the Roam version, you will receive the eBook in 3 formats (PDF, Kindle, and ePub) and the Roam version (as an editable .json export of the book) and a document suggesting how to import the Roam book and use it and the option to email me to request access to a live, read-only version of the book.


Roam innovation continues!

After the success of this first Roam Book, I began working to a second one, on management.

I also created a website for Roam Books, roam-books.com.

Finally, I also recently began publishing a Roam-native newsletter. It's not a newsletter about Roam, but it's a newsletter built on top of Roam. You can subscribe to it at Luca-Dellanna.com/roamletter


Patron's support

Thank you very much for your support, it helps me spending more time on my research.

I will also add your name as a Patron in the acknowledgment section of the future editions of the book.

Some more reviews of Luca's other books

"This book is like a magnificent suspension bridge, linking the science of the human brain to the practical craft of applying it in everyday life. I loved it." – Rory Sutherland, Ogilvy's Vice Chairman

“A SUPERB book […] by one of the profound thinkers in our field [behavioral economics].” – Michal G. Bartlett

“Luca’s book was so helpful to my work. Opened my eyes up to some more reasons why change is so hard.” – Chris Murman

"A thoughtfully written book in very straightforward language." – A.L. Peevey

You can find more reviews on the pages of my other books, such as this one.

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