Guesstimation: Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin with French flaps Edition, Kindle Edition
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Guesstimation is a book that unlocks the power of approximation--it's popular mathematics rounded to the nearest power of ten! The ability to estimate is an important skill in daily life. More and more leading businesses today use estimation questions in interviews to test applicants' abilities to think on their feet. Guesstimation enables anyone with basic math and science skills to estimate virtually anything--quickly--using plausible assumptions and elementary arithmetic.
Lawrence Weinstein and John Adam present an eclectic array of estimation problems that range from devilishly simple to quite sophisticated and from serious real-world concerns to downright silly ones. How long would it take a running faucet to fill the inverted dome of the Capitol? What is the total length of all the pickles consumed in the US in one year? What are the relative merits of internal-combustion and electric cars, of coal and nuclear energy? The problems are marvelously diverse, yet the skills to solve them are the same. The authors show how easy it is to derive useful ballpark estimates by breaking complex problems into simpler, more manageable ones--and how there can be many paths to the right answer. The book is written in a question-and-answer format with lots of hints along the way. It includes a handy appendix summarizing the few formulas and basic science concepts needed, and its small size and French-fold design make it conveniently portable. Illustrated with humorous pen-and-ink sketches, Guesstimation will delight popular-math enthusiasts and is ideal for the classroom.
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"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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #562,254 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By Jensen on December 28, 2019
if the numbers are way off. I find the technique quite useful and I believe schools should teach students how to guestimate.
The issue that I have with the book is that it does not talk much about the limitations of guesstimates. After all guesstimate is slightly better than no
answer in lot of times and also is just process to think about how you would do it if you had the resources. Also, the author does not
talk much about over simplification. Einstein says things that "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
But assumptions in the book, simplifies things WAY TOO MUCH!
However, despite these two limitations, I strongly recommend this book. Also, I encourage young readers to read this book because it will help you think and teach you to make assumptions, and check the reasonableness of your assumptions.
I stumbled upon this book by chance and the title seemed interesting. I bought this one and it was a life changing experience. This book teaches you how to guess with great accuracy. Amazing. After going through the first few exercises, I started using this skill in everyday life and it works! I was able to surprise people around me with my new found skill. This is an invaluable resource for anyone. You just need to be able to organize the data that you already know. This book teaches how to do it.
I am planning to get the guesstimation 2.0 book too.
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Maybe it's too big and it could have been split in two volumes (first one to master de discipline, the other one for interested readers who wish more exercises).
Highly recommended for people who delight in figuring out through life.