Do the Math!: On Growth, Greed, and Strategic Thinking

Do the Math!: On Growth, Greed, and Strategic Thinking

by John K. White
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1412999596

ISBN-13: 9781412999595

Pub. Date: 03/14/2012

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Our world has become more complicated, and the notion of growth at any cost has led to constant economic uncertainty, a permanently stressed-out workforce, and everyday stories of government and corporate corruption. John K. White argues that a better knowledge of basic systems is needed to understand the world we live in, and one place to start is with counting

Overview

Our world has become more complicated, and the notion of growth at any cost has led to constant economic uncertainty, a permanently stressed-out workforce, and everyday stories of government and corporate corruption. John K. White argues that a better knowledge of basic systems is needed to understand the world we live in, and one place to start is with counting and mathematics. Without an understanding of mathematics, we make poor personal financial choices, and we can't make the important decisions about government bailouts, oil supplies, or global warming. Do the Math! uses creative examples—borrowing liberally from the anecdotal and the academic, from literature and the newspaper, and from the stock market and the casino—to provide a thought-provoking guide to better understanding the world around us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412999595
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/14/2012
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The doubling game: From Thomas Malthus to Bernie Madoff
Chapter 2. She told two friends and they told two friends and they told two friends and...
Chapter 3. The mathematics of change: A new world model
Chapter 4. Fairness and uncertainty: Who watches the watchers?
Chapter 5. Statistics made simple: The science of weighting
Chapter 6. A case for correlation: Sampling and inference from Shakespeare to death row to sports competitiveness
Chapter 7. Counting and computers: From Boole to Google and back
Chapter 8. Who to believe? Numbers and the art of deception
Chapter 9. Two kinds of people: Those who divide and those who don't
Chapter 10. How to get along: Be nice, clear your ice
Chapter 11. Cooperation: The art and science of agreement
Chapter 12. The roots of economic disaster: Making money from money

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