In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing

In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing

by Matthew E. May, Guy Kawasaki
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In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing by Matthew E. May

What made the Sopranos finale one of the most-talked-about events in television history?

Why is sudoku so addictive and the iPhone so darn irresistible?

What do Jackson Pollock and Lance Armstrong have in common with theoretical physicists and Buddhist monks?

Elegance.

In this thought-provoking exploration of why certain events, products, and people capture our attention and imaginations, Matthew E. May examines the elusive element behind so many innovative breakthroughs in fields ranging from physics and marketing to design and popular culture. Combining unusual simplicity and surprising power, elegance is characterized by four key elements—seduction, subtraction, symmetry, and sustainability. In a compelling, story-driven narrative that sheds light on the need for elegance in design, engineering, art, urban planning, sports, and work, May offers surprising evidence that what’s “not there” often trumps what is.

In the bestselling tradition of The Tipping Point, Made to Stick, and The Black Swan, In Pursuit of Elegance will change the way you think about the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385530354
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/19/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

MATTHEW E. MAY is the author of the critically acclaimed The Elegant Solution, which won the Shingo Research Prize for Excellence. A popular speaker, he lectures to corporations, governments, and universities around the world, and is currently Senior Lecturer on Creativity and Innovation at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Business. He spent nearly a decade as a close adviser to Toyota, and his articles have appeared in national publications such as USA Today, Strategy+Business, and Quality Progress. He has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio. A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, he lives in Southern California.

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In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Barbara Fox More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, thought provoking and elegant teaching technique. Guided my thought process all the way around my brain.
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