Thanks to David Killoren for directing me to this excerpt from Bloggingheads. Science writers John Horgan and George Johnson spend a few minutes disucssing the Monty Hall problem. Johnson recently reviewed Leonard Mlodinow’s book The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, which contains an explanation of te problem. After Johnson gets frustrated trying to explain the problem to Horgan, the following exchange takes place:
Johnson: I thought I understood this when I wrote the review. It’s already eluded me again.
Horgan: This is like explaining the two-slit experiment in quantum mechanics which has messed me up a number of times.
Johnson: This is even harder, I think.
Goodness! I notice that in his review Johnson describes Mlodinow’s discussion as the clearest explanation of the problem he has yet seen. But, of course, my book on the subject has not yet been published.