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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Thi...
by , Ola Rosling

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English

Pages

341

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<p>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</p><p><b>鈥淥ne of the most important books I鈥檝e ever read鈥攁n indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.鈥?鈥?Bill Gates</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>鈥淗ans Rosling tells the story of 鈥榯he secret silent miracle of human progress鈥?as only he can. But <i>Factfulness</i> does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.鈥?<i>鈥?lt;/i>Melinda Gates</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b><b>"<i>Factfulness</i> by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases." - Former U.S. President Barack Obama</b><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i>Factfulnes</i>s: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. </b></p><p>When asked simple questions about global trends鈥?lt;i>what percentage of the world鈥檚 population live in poverty; why the world鈥檚 population is increasing; how many girls finish school</i>鈥攚e systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.</p><p>In <i>Factfulness</i>, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers <b>a radical new explanation of why this happens</b>. They reveal <b>the ten instincts that distort our perspective</b>鈥攆rom our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of <i>us</i> and <i>them</i>) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). </p><p>Our problem is that we don鈥檛 know what we don鈥檛 know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.</p><p><b>It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think.</b> That doesn鈥檛 mean there aren鈥檛 real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most. </p><p>Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, <b><i>Factfulness </i>is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future. </b></p><p>---</p><p>鈥淭his book is my last battle in my life-long mission to fight devastating ignorance鈥reviously I armed myself with huge data sets, eye-opening software, an energetic learning style and a Swedish bayonet for sword-swallowing. It wasn鈥檛 enough. But I hope this book will be.鈥?Hans Rosling, February 2017.</p>
Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Bi...
by Adrian Bejan

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English

Pages

306

Publication Date

January 24, 2012

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<b>In this groundbreaking book, Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature鈥攖rees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts鈥攁nd reveals how a single principle of physics, the Constructal Law, accounts for the evolution of these and all other designs in our world.</b><br /> 聽<br /> Everything鈥攆rom biological life to inanimate systems鈥攇enerates shape and structure and <i>evolves</i> in a sequence of ever-improving designs in order to facilitate flow. River basins, cardiovascular systems, and bolts of lightning are very efficient flow systems to move a current鈥攐f water, blood, or electricity. Likewise, the more complex architecture of animals evolve to cover greater distance per unit of useful energy, or increase their flow across the land. Such designs also appear in human organizations, like the hierarchical "flowcharts" or reporting structures in corporations and political bodies. <br /><br />All are governed by the same principle, known as the Constructal Law, and configure and reconfigure themselves over time to flow more efficiently. Written in an easy style that achieves clarity without sacrificing complexity, <i>Design in Nature</i> is a paradigm-shifting book that will fundamentally transform our understanding of the world around us.
Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World
by Matt Parker

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

January 21, 2020

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<b><b>#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER </b><br /> <b>聽</b><br /> <b>AN ADAM SAVAGE BOOK CLUB PICK</b><br /><br />The book-length answer to anyone who ever put their hand up in math class and asked, 鈥淲hen am I ever going to use this in the real world?鈥澛?lt;br /><br />鈥淔un, informative, and relentlessly entertaining,聽<i>Humble Pi</i>聽is a charming and very readable guide to some of humanity's all-time greatest miscalculations鈥攖hat also gives you permission to feel a little better about some of your own mistakes.鈥?鈥擱yan North, author of聽<i>How to Invent Everything</i>聽</b><br /><br /> Our whole world is built on math, from the code running a website to the equations enabling the design of skyscrapers and bridges. Most of the time this math works quietly behind the scenes聽.聽.聽. until it doesn鈥檛. All sorts of seemingly innocuous mathematical mistakes can have significant consequences. <br /><br />Math is easy to ignore until a misplaced decimal point upends the stock market, a unit conversion error causes a plane to crash, or someone divides by zero and stalls a battleship in the middle of the ocean. <br /><br /> Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near misses, and mathematical mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman Empire, and an Olympic team, Matt Parker uncovers the bizarre ways math trips us up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. Getting it wrong has never been more fun.
Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business P...
by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

Language

English

Pages

252

Publication Date

October 07, 2015

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<b>Don't simply show your data鈥攖ell a story with it!</b> <p><i>Storytelling with Data</i> teaches you the fundamentals of data visualization and how to communicate effectively with data. You'll discover the power of storytelling and the way to make data a pivotal point in your story. The lessons in this illuminative text are grounded in theory, but made accessible through numerous real-world examples鈥攔eady for immediate application to your next graph or presentation.</p> <p>Storytelling is not an inherent skill, especially when it comes to data visualization, and the tools at our disposal don't make it any easier. This book demonstrates how to go beyond conventional tools to reach the root of your data, and how to use your data to create an engaging, informative, compelling story. Specifically, you'll learn how to:</p> <ul> <li>Understand the importance of context and audience</li> <li>Determine the appropriate type of graph for your situation</li> <li>Recognize and eliminate the clutter clouding your information</li> <li>Direct your audience's attention to the most important parts of your data</li> <li>Think like a designer and utilize concepts of design in data visualization</li> <li>Leverage the power of storytelling to help your message resonate with your audience</li> </ul> <p>Together, the lessons in this book will help you turn your data into high impact visual stories that stick with your audience. Rid your world of ineffective graphs, one exploding 3D pie chart at a time. There is a story in your data鈥?lt;i>Storytelling with Data</i> will give you the skills and power to tell it!</p>
The Systems Thinker - Mental Models: Take Control Over Your Thoug...
by Albert Rutherford

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English

Pages

260

Publication Date

February 06, 2020

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<h2>Regain focus. Select relevant information. Make quick and clear decisions. </h2><br /><br />We are dealing with too many options, too much information, conflicting advice on general choices like what diet to choose, or who to choose as a mate. It鈥檚 hard to maintain focus and be confident in our decisions under such conditions. <br /><br /><b>The Systems Thinker 鈥揗ental Models</b> helps you <u>make decisions based on your relevant thought patterns and true values.</u> Finding the most relevant information to YOU, the best decision to YOU is a matter of exploring YOUR thoughts and wants. <br /><br />Mental models are cognitive frameworks that you can use to make order in your head, tune out the noise, and focus on what鈥檚 important 鈥?without getting overwhelmed. Mental models provide transparency, order, deeper understanding, context, and most importantly, <i>a clear solution or conclusion about problems. Using systems thinking as your leading cognitive tool will provide depth AND width to your mental analysis.</i><br /><br /><br /><h2>Learn how corporate executives, economists, and policy makers analyze big data and make decisions based on it.</h2><br />鈥iscover 12 powerful thinking tools to facilitate your though processes<br />鈥?lt;b>Understanding and model dynamic systems</b><br />鈥earn to use mental models through real-life examples<br /><br /><h2>Mental models are so much more than a cognitive tool; they help with productivity, enhance understanding, boost critical thinking, and analytical skills.</h2><br />鈥nderstand how corporations make multidimensional decisions <br />鈥?lt;b>Learn to design your own mental models to map out your real priorities</b><br />鈥earn to include soft variables such as emotions into your analysis <br />鈥?lt;b>Shift your mindset from blaming to accountability and resolve conflicts easier. </b><br />
Math with Bad Drawings: Illuminating the Ideas That Shape Our Rea...
by Ben Orlin

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English

Pages

374

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>A hilarious reeducation in mathematics-full of joy, jokes, and stick figures-that sheds light on the countless practical and wonderful ways that math structures and shapes our world. </b> <br /> In<em> Math With Bad Drawings,</em> Ben Orlin reveals to us what math actually is; its myriad uses, its strange symbols, and the wild leaps of logic and faith that define the usually impenetrable work of the mathematician. <br /> Truth and knowledge come in multiple forms: colorful drawings, encouraging jokes, and the stories and insights of an empathetic teacher who believes that math should belong to everyone. Orlin shows us how to think like a mathematician by teaching us a brand-new game of tic-tac-toe, how to understand an economic crises by rolling a pair of dice, and the mathematical headache that ensues when attempting to build a spherical Death Star. <br /> Every discussion in the book is illustrated with Orlin's trademark "bad drawings," which convey his message and insights with perfect pitch and clarity. With 24 chapters covering topics from the electoral college to human genetics to the reasons not to trust statistics, <i>Math with Bad Drawings</i> is a life-changing book for the math-estranged and math-enamored alike.
The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty
by K. C. Cole

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

January 15, 1998

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<b>From the acclaimed <i>Los Angeles Times</i>聽science writer, a wise, witty, and elegant study of how math provides practical solutions to everyday problems.</b><br /> 聽<br /> Are the secrets of the universe written in words鈥攐r is it all about the digits? K.C. Cole follows up her paean to the power of physics, <i>Sympathetic Vibrations</i>, with this engaging and accessible guide to the might and majesty of mathematics. <i>The Universe and the Teacup</i> uses relatable examples, humorous prose, and whimsical line drawings to demonstrate math鈥檚 ability to 鈥渢ranslate the complexity of the world into manageable patterns.鈥?lt;br /> 聽<br /> Cole shows how mathematical concepts illuminate everything from human risk-taking behavior to astronomical investigation, game theory to logic problems鈥攏ot to mention the very structure of the universe itself. Brimming with trivia stressing the importance of math throughout history, this is a book both math nerds and the 鈥渋nnumerate鈥?everyday person can enjoy in equal measure.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淐ole writes clearly, simply and vividly,鈥?noted <i>The New York Times</i>. 鈥淪he so obviously likes mathematics, the reader can't help liking it too.鈥?Filled with 鈥渁 thousand fascinating facts and shrewd observations (Martin Gardner, <i>Los Angeles Times</i>), this book demonstrates how the truth and beauty of everything, from relativity to rainbows, is all in the numbers.聽
Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe
by Steven Strogatz

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English

Pages

389

Publication Date

April 02, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /><b>鈥淢arvelous . . . an array of witty and astonishing stories . . . to illuminate how calculus has helped bring into being our contemporary world.鈥濃€?lt;i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /><b>From preeminent math personality and author of <i>The Joy of x,</i> a brilliant and endlessly appealing explanation of calculus 鈥?how it works and why it makes our lives immeasurably better.聽</b><br /> 聽<br /> Without calculus, we wouldn鈥檛 have cell phones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound.聽We wouldn鈥檛 have unraveled DNA or discovered Neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in your pocket.聽<br /> 聽<br /> Though many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school and college, Steven Strogatz鈥檚 brilliantly creative, down鈥憈o鈥慹arth history shows that calculus is not about complexity; it鈥檚 about simplicity.聽It harnesses an unreal number鈥攊nfinity鈥攖o tackle real鈥憌orld problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel miraculous.聽<br /> 聽<br /><i>Infinite Powers</i> recounts how calculus tantalized and thrilled its inventors, starting with its first glimmers in ancient Greece and bringing us right up to the discovery of gravitational waves (a phenomenon predicted by calculus). Strogatz reveals how this form of math rose to the challenges of each age: how to determine the area of a circle with only sand and a stick; how to explain why Mars goes 鈥渂ackwards鈥?sometimes; how to make electricity with magnets; how to ensure your rocket doesn鈥檛 miss the moon; how to turn the tide in the fight against AIDS.聽<br /> 聽<br /> As Strogatz proves, calculus is truly the language of the universe. By unveiling the principles of that language, <i>Infinite Powers</i> makes us marvel at the world anew.聽
Thinking in Systems: A Primer
by Donella H. Meadows

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English

Pages

217

Publication Date

December 03, 2008

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<p>In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, <em>Limits to Growth</em>鈥攖he first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet鈥?Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001.</p><br /><br /><p><em>Thinking in Systems</em>, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute鈥檚 Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life.</p><br /><br /><p>Some of the biggest problems facing the world鈥攚ar, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation鈥攁re essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking.</p><br /><br /><p>While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner.</p><br /><br /><p>In a world growing ever more complicated, crowded, and interdependent, <em>Thinking in Systems</em> helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.</p>
Think in Systems: The Art of Strategic Planning, Effective Proble...
by Zoe McKey

Language

English

Pages

267

Publication Date

November 21, 2019

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<h2>Get out of that rut. Find long-term solution to your problems. </h2> <br /><br />We have the best of intentions to improve our conditions, but often our solutions fall short of improving our lives. Our best efforts can result in the opposite of what we want over time. If we apply conventional thinking to complex issues, we often maintain or feed the very problems we want to fix. How to avoid this trap? I will tell you in this book.<br /><br /><i>Think in Systems</i> is a concise information manual offering high-level, strategic problem solving methods for personal and global issues. The book presents the main features of systems thinking in an understandable, everyday manner, helping you to develop the skill top analysts and world leaders use. <br /><br />Your life is a system. Everything that is connected to your system (life) is a part of it. Your town, country, the world, the solar system are all bigger systems you are a part of. These systems are interconnected. Whatever you do will affect the system and whatever the system does will affect your life. Systems can have positive and negative effect on your life 鈥?or on life of people generally. <br /><br />The greatest problems like hunger, war, and poverty are all failures in the system. Similarly, fights with your loved ones, being stuck in a rut at your job are also system failures. They are not only your fault. But they can鈥檛 be fixed with cause-effect thinking. <br /><br />Systems thinking boosts your <b>critical thinking skills, makes you more logical, enhances your analytical abilities, and makes you more creative. </b><br /><br /><br /><br /><h2>"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein</h2><br />鈥earn the main aspects, concepts, and models of systems thinking.<br />鈥?lt;b>Design models and systems maps to solve your problems</b><br />鈥ind solutions to your underlying problems, not just the symptoms<br />鈥?lt;b>Improve your mental health, wealth, and connections</b><br /><br /><u>Learn to use systems thinking in your business, relationships, friendships, and general political, socio-economic, and environmental issues. </u><br /><br />鈥iden your understanding about international economic, political, and socio-economic affairs<br />鈥?lt;b>Manage your business better</b> <br />鈥he most helpful materials, books, and experts to learn even more about systems thinking.<br />鈥?lt;b>Map out a strategic action plan to change your circumstances. Become more patient by understanding the world 鈥?and your place in it 鈥?better. </b><br />鈥hift your focus from the unimportant details and focus on the real issues. <br />鈥?lt;b>Stay a learner. </b><br /><br /><h2>Learn to use systems thinking in your problem solving, decision making, and strategic planning practices today. </h2><br />

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