Mastering the Art of Problem Solving
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Solving quantitative problems in the real world involves more than a mere proficiency with calculations. Among other things, it requires understanding how people actually use information, recognizing the impact of bias, mastering the art of storytelling, and acknowledging the distinction between facts and values. Turning Numbers into Knowledge, Second Edition, is a comprehensive guide to these skills.
Jonathan Koomey divides the book into nearly 40 short chapters that can be read in any order. Early on, we study the power of peer review to influence which findings get published, while keeping in mind that peer reviewers are human and thus never perfect in their judgment of others’ work. Koomey also spotlights the importance of keeping basic data sources (such as the Statistical Abstract of the U.S.) at hand; such tools can play a major role in evaluating math-based arguments.
Later on in these pages, we ponder the importance of asking critical questions: Are the premises of an argument relevant? Do they adequately support the conclusions? We’re reminded that arguments from “authorities” in a field need to be doubly scrutinized, and that absolutely nobody is completely “objective.” Further along, Koomey shares some strategies for creating cogent analyses, such as making models of a problem, and offers tips on presenting your findings effectively and convincingly. This includes the crafting of compelling graphs and tables, while not drowning your audience in numbers.
Complete with a range of fresh real-world examples and a brand new chapter on data-sharing websites, Turning Numbers into Knowledge, Second Edition, will allow you to assess the numerical assertions of others and generate compelling analyses of your own.
Softcover Book : 248 pages
Item #: 13-572088
Product Dimensions: 7.0 x 10.0 inches
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