Guesstimation: Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin with French flaps Edition, Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews

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The cumulative effect of fairly simple paths to estimating solutions to a dizzying array of difficult problems is fascinating.

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"Guesstimation is a delightful book that, page after page, gleams with insight into the measure of all things―from house pets to lottery tickets and from the kitchen to the cosmos. Meanwhile, the authors cleverly teach you some fundamental chemistry, physics, and biology, leaving you enlightened and curiously comfortable with all that once seemed intractable in the world."―Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, author of Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

"Wow, I suddenly grasped concepts that have eluded me for a lifetime. If you work anywhere in the professional world and are aiming for the corner office, this little book could have significant impact on both your analytical abilities and the way you are perceived by others. An absolute eye-opener!"―Martin Yate, New York Times best-selling author of the Knock 'Em Dead job-search and career-management books

"In a world where we are constantly bombarded with quantitative information (and disinformation) and where implausible factoids become established truths by repetition, acquiring a sound grounding in 'numeric literacy' has almost become a civic duty. Weinstein and Adam show to us that it can also be fun! An extremely useful book―not just for the intelligent layperson, but for virtually everyone: politicians, students, policymakers and, yes, sometimes even physicists."―Riccardo Rebonato, Royal Bank of Scotland, author of Plight of the Fortune Tellers

"As well as giving insight into how scientists think, this book packs in more amazing facts than you could shake a stick at. Learn the technique of 'guesstimation' and you will be able to astound your friends at parties, as well as avoid getting ripped off by misleading advertising claims. You may even be able to work out how many facts you can shake a stick at."―John Gribbin, author of Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity

"A very interesting and informative work, showing both how important and how easy it can be to estimate magnitudes. This book will amuse you while it instructs."―Gino Segrè, author of A Matter of Degrees

"This is definitely my kind of book. The authors show, using numerous examples, how readers can make numerical estimates of quantities―some absurd and some fascinating―in a wide variety of areas. This is a very useful talent―be it in everyday life, in one's career, or in job interviews."―Robert Ehrlich, author of Eight Preposterous Propositions

"This book will benefit teachers and students in science and engineering, from grade school to college. The problems are well chosen to illustrate increasingly complex themes, culminating in energy conservation, risk assessment, and environmental problems. The solutions are careful, complete, and illuminating. General readers with a taste for mathematical puzzles will enjoy it."―Hans Christian von Baeyer, author of The Fermi Solution
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003TSEL9G
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Princeton University Press; with French flaps edition (February 9, 2009)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 9, 2009
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5727 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don’t skip steps!
By Jensen on December 28, 2019
I like the thought process used to figure out the problems, but using exponents AND skipping math steps is killing me. I am not strong in math and I am struggling to follow his skipped steps. Also, the author uses the metric system. Living in the US I use inches and feet. The book could be much simpler. I think the math is simple to the author, but the author doesn’t realize an average reader needs more explanation. I included a picture of an equation where I struggled to understand how he moves from the first equation to the second.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting book
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