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Everything Is Obvious: How Common Sense Fails
     

Everything Is Obvious: How Common Sense Fails

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by Duncan J. Watts
 

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ISBN-13:
9781848872141
Publisher:
Atlantic
Publication date:
07/28/2011

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Everything Is Obvious 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
SimplySkeptical More than 1 year ago
My disappointment in this book stems from two sources: First, I have read several books lately that, for me, treat this fascinating subject much more thoroughly.* Second, I ran into a real problem on page 24 when the author, who “...holds a PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics...” gives his readers examples of physical world phenomena that “defy commonsense reasoning.” I get the one about bullets and gravity. Why, though, would he throw out the worn old urban myth that toilets behave differently in the northern and southern hemispheres? Water would behave according to the myth if the toilets were really, really large. Dr Watts surely possesses the rather simple math and understanding of the coriolis effect to have worked this out. This all-to-casual construction of examples and facts pervades and weakens what could have been a much better book. *I would highly recomment Michael Shermer’s The Believing Brain, and Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow. Both authors understand the vital importance of careful attention to detail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Toodles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gotta shower. Brb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im only on page 80 and it's not keeping me interested. I started reading another book.
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