It’s a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, the development of non-euclidean geometry, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, from the everyday to the cosmic, Reaganomics, baseball, daring lottery schemes, Italian Renaissance painting, the coming obesity apocalypse, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, among other things, artificial languages, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, encountering, and the existence of God.
How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking #ad - How not to be Wrong will show you how. Math, is “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, as Ellenberg says, vastly multiplying its reach and strength. With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way. The freakonomics of math—a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned.
The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex LifeW. W. Norton & Company #ad - How and why did this radical transformation happen?The answer, Lane argues, lies in energy: all life on Earth lives off a voltage with the strength of a lightning bolt. One of the deepest, most illuminating books about the history of life to have been published in recent years. The economistthe earth teems with life: in its oceans, forests, skies and cities.
In the vital question, award-winning author and biochemist Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a solution to conundrums that have puzzled generations of scientists. For two and a half billion years, from the very origins of life, single-celled organisms such as bacteria evolved without changing their basic form.
The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life #ad - We do not know why complex life is the way it is, or, for that matter, how life first began. Building on the pillars of evolutionary theory, lane’s hypothesis draws on cutting-edge research into the link between energy and cell biology, in order to deliver a compelling account of evolution from the very origins of life to the emergence of multicellular organisms, while offering deep insights into our own lives and deaths.
Both rigorous and enchanting, and indeed, The Vital Question provides a solution to life’s vital question: why are we as we are, why are we here at all? . Then, on just one occasion in four billion years, they made the jump to complexity. Yet there’s a black hole at the heart of biology. All complex life, such as sex, shares puzzling features, from mushrooms to man, which are unknown in bacteria.
How to Lie with StatisticsW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Over half a million copies sold--an honest-to-goodness bestsellerdarrell huff runs the gamut of every popularly used type of statistic, the interview technique, probes such things as the sample study, the tabulation method, or the way the results are derived from the figures, and points up the countless number of dodges which are used to full rather than to inform.
Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human DecisionsHenry Holt and Co. #ad - What should we do, too, but they are not: computers, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.
. A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mindAll our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. They explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others.
Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions #ad - From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing one's inbox to understanding the workings of human memory, Algorithms to Live By transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living. In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author brian christian who holds degrees in computer science, and works at the intersection of all three and Tom Griffiths a UC Berkeley professor of cognitive science and psychology show how the simple, and poetry, philosophy, precise algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions.
And the solutions they've found have much to teach us.
The Power to Compete: An Economist and an Entrepreneur on Revitalizing Japan in the Global EconomyWiley #ad - Through a freewheeling and candid conversation with his economist father, Ryoichi Mikitani, the two examine the issues facing Japan, and explore possible roadmaps to revitalization. Father and son – entrepreneur and economist – search for Japan's economic cure The Power to Compete tackles the issues central to the prosperity of Japan – and the world – in search of a cure for the "Japan Disease.
As founder and ceo of rakuten, one of the world's largest Internet companies, author Hiroshi Mikitani brings an entrepreneur's perspective to bear on the country's economic stagnation. Examine the causes of japan's endless economic stagnation discover the current efforts underway to enhance Japan's competitiveness Learn how free market "Abenomics" affected Japan's economy long-term See Japan's issues from the perspective of an entrepreneur and an economist Japan's malaise is seated in a number of economic, political, and cultural issues, business, and this book doesn't shy away from hot topics.
Mikitani argues that japan's tendency to shun international frameworks and hide from global realities is the root of the problem, while Mikitani Sr. S background as an international economist puts the issue in perspective for a well-rounded look at today's Japan. More than a discussion of economics, this book is a conversation between father and son as they work through opposing perspectives to help their country find The Power to Compete.
The Power to Compete: An Economist and an Entrepreneur on Revitalizing Japan in the Global Economy #ad - . How can japan overhaul its economy, immigration, using information technology to cut government bureaucracy, and hold its own with China? Their ideas include applying business techniques like Key Performance Indicators to fix the economy, education system, public infrastructure, and increasing the number of foreign firms with a head office in Japan.
Readers gain rare insight into Japan's future, from both academic and practical perspectives on the inside.
Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2013Portfolio #ad - Jones story in which Fortune first mentioned Buffett. The first piece buffett wrote for the magazine, 1977’s “How Inf lation Swindles the Equity Investor. Andrew tobias’s 1983 article “letters from Chairman Buffett, ” the first review of his Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letters. Readers will gain fresh insights into Buffett’s investment strategies and his thinking on management, public policy, philanthropy, and even parenting.
. Warren buffett built berkshire Hathaway into something remarkable— and Fortune journalist Carol Loomis had a front-row seat for it all. When carol loomis first mentioned a little-known omaha hedge fund manager in a 1966 Fortune article, she didn’t dream that Warren Buffett would one day be considered the world’s greatest investor—nor that she and Buffett would quickly become close personal friends.
Some of the highlights include: The 1966 A. W. Now loomis has collected and updated the best Buffett articles Fortune published between 1966 and 2012, including thirteen cover stories and a dozen pieces authored by Buffett himself. Loomis has provided commentary about each major article that supplies context and her own informed point of view.
Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2013 #ad - As buffett’s fortune and reputation grew over time, loomis used her unique insight into Buffett’s thinking to chronicle his work for Fortune, writing and proposing scores of stories that tracked his many accomplishments—and also his occasional mistakes. Buffett’s stunningly prescient 2003 piece about derivatives, “Avoiding a Mega-Catastrophe.
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering EverythingPenguin Books #ad - From the united states memory championship to deep within the author's own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories. The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memoryAn instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes.
He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory.
Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to FulfillmentCrown Archetype #ad - From composer, wise, musician, which will you choose: the path of least resistance or the path of potentially greatest satisfaction?You may think that with a last name like his, and inspirational book that asks, and philanthropist Peter Buffett comes a warm, Buffett has enjoyed a life of endless privilege.
From there it becomes easy to recognize the equal dignity and value of every human life—our circumstances may vary but our essences do not. We confuse privilege with material accumulation, character with external validation. How we push through and persevere in these challenging moments is where we begin to create the life of our dreams—from discovering our vocations to living out our bliss to giving back to others.
Personal and revealing, instructive and intuitive, Life Is What You Make It is about transcending your circumstances, taking up the reins of your destiny, and living your life to the fullest. . It is a creed that has allowed him to follow his own passions, establish his own identity, and reap his own successes.
Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment #ad - Yet, by focusing more on substance and less on reward, we can open doors of opportunity and strive toward a greater sense of fulfillment. In life is what you make it, his industrious and talented father, Buffett expounds on the strong set of values given to him by his trusting and broadminded mother, and the many life teachers he has met along the way.
Today’s society, buffett posits, with a wealth ethic, relishing what you do, has begun to replace a work ethic, honoring the payoff instead of the process. We see that our journey in life rarely follows a straight line but is often met with false starts, crises, and blunders.
Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall StreetOpen Road Media #ad - Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform readers. Business adventures is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best. Business adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read. Bill gates, the wall street journal what do the $350 million ford motor company disaster known as the edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.
. Stories about wall street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. Longtime new yorker contributor john brooks’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, one gets the sense that history repeats itself.
Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindHarper #ad - What happened to the others? and what may happen to us?Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval noah harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70, 000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years.
From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Dr.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind #ad - New york times bestsellera summer reading pick for president barack obama, bill gates, and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, and what do we want to become?Featuring 27 photographs, Robert Wright, Matt Ridley, and Sharon Moalem.
Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens.
Where Good Ideas Come FromRiverhead Books #ad - But where do they come from? what kind of environment breeds them? what sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? Steven Johnson's answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines.
A fascinating deep dive on innovation from the new York Times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and FarsightedThe printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. From darwin and freud to the halls of google and Apple, Johnson investigates the innovation hubs throughout modern time and pulls out the approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality.