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Guesstimation 2.0: Solving Today's Problems on the Back of a Napkin (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. Oktober 2012


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Praise for Guesstimation: "[A] left-brain book that helps you approximate answers to the types of questions actually asked in some job interviews today. -- Peter Coy, BusinessWeek

A delightful volume. . . . I hope to be able to use many of the tricks I learned in the future. I also hope to teach some of them to students. This would make a great secondary textbook in many classes, ranging from quantitative literacy to a science methods class for future educators. A careful study of this book would certainly improve a student's ability to take a complicated question, break it down into solvable parts, and assemble the parts to find an answer. Because this is quite close to what I want my students to do when faced with a difficult problem in pure mathematics as well, I consider this to be a very valuable book indeed.--Dominic Klyve "MAA Reviews "


A delightful volume. . . . I hope to be able to use many of the tricks I learned in the future. I also hope to teach some of them to students. This would make a great secondary textbook in many classes, ranging from quantitative literacy to a science methods class for future educators. A careful study of this book would certainly improve a student's ability to take a complicated question, break it down into solvable parts, and assemble the parts to find an answer. Because this is quite close to what I want my students to do when faced with a difficult problem in pure mathematics as well, I consider this to be a very valuable book indeed.
--Dominic Klyve "MAA Reviews "

"Guesstimation 2.0: Solving Today's Problems on the Back of a Napkin" succeeds where most popular science literature so often fails. This is because it provides its readers with a scientific tool they can use immediately in their everyday lives. . . . [Makes] an excellent addition for the casual scientist, job interviewee, or anyone hoping to impress their friends at a party.--Gabriel Thoumi "Mongabay.com "

"Guesstimation 2.0" is a book that was made to mediate between fun and useful. . . . Whether or not a fan of numbers, it's always cool to appear smart, therefore "Guesstimation 2.0" is an excellent element to add to one's arsenal.--Sarthak Shankar "Organiser "

"This follow-up to the popular "Guesstimation" offers more on the joy of mathematical estimation, and inspiration for the budding analyst."--"Nature"

"The books do a wonderful job at helping the reader to master the craft."--"Cut the Knot Insights"

"A delightful volume. . . . I hope to be able to use many of the tricks I learned in the future. I also hope to teach some of them to students. This would make a great secondary textbook in many classes, ranging from quantitative literacy to a science methods class for future educators. A careful study of this book would certainly improve a student's ability to take a complicated question, break it down into solvable parts, and assemble the parts to find an answer. Because this is quite close to what I want my students to do when faced with a difficult problem in pure mathematics as well, I consider this to be a very valuable book indeed."--Dominic Klyve, "MAA Reviews"

""Guesstimation 2.0: Solving Today's Problems on the Back of a Napkin" succeeds where most popular science literature so often fails. This is because it provides its readers with a scientific tool they can use immediately in their everyday lives. . . . [Makes] an excellent addition for the casual scientist, job interviewee, or anyone hoping to impress their friends at a party."--Gabriel Thoumi, "Mongabay.com"

"Readers who enjoyed Weinstein's first volume will be pleased with this instalment."--"Choice"

""Guesstimation 2.0" is a book that was made to mediate between fun and useful. . . . Whether or not a fan of numbers, it's always cool to appear smart, therefore "Guesstimation 2.0" is an excellent element to add to one's arsenal."--Sarthak Shankar, "Organiser"

"Certainly a good read for any teacher who enjoys numbers and the world around us."--Mark Hughes, "Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School"

""Guesstimation's" problems are fun and engaging in character, and the solutions are intuitive and well explained. Each problem and solution stands independently, and is about four pages long, making the book ideal for passing a quick ten minutes, and easy to pick up and put down. If, like me, you like ill-posed questions to have concrete answers then "Guesstimation" is definitely a good place to hone your estimation skills!"--Fionntan Roukema, "Mathematical Spectrum"

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"This is an absolutely great book, a worthy sequel to "Guesstimation." The breadth of scope of the problems is truly impressive. Weinstein's arguments are always convincing and, in many cases, very clever. His sense of humor provides a pain-free tutorial on how analysts can make real progress in understanding vaguely defined problems."--Paul J. Nahin, author of "Number-Crunching: Taming Unruly Computational Problems from Mathematical Physics to Science Fiction"

""Guesstimation 2.0" is an entertaining read, with the added attraction that it can be consumed in small portions by opening it on almost any page. I can easily see having this book close by and returning to it again and again."--Mark Levi, author of "Why Cats Land on Their Feet: And 76 Other Physical Paradoxes and Puzzles"

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Von Tom Russel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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My review is really of both the first and second books. After reading the first "Guesstimation" by Weinstein and Adam, I was (and remain) hooked. I was thoroughly delighted by the second of what I hope will be a long series to feed my habit. There were more wonderful (albeit a few somewhat whimsical) questions, some of which I had actually thought about before reading them.

My mindset when I started was a residue of undergraduate engineering courses, where every solution had to match the "by the book" expected answer to several decimal places. We spent more time manipulating numbers and equations by sliderule [that really dates me] than in really understanding the questions from a practical perspective.

Weinstein's "Guesstimation 2:0" carries on turning that mindset upside-down. You won't pass an engineering course from it, but you will have another valuable tool to hone your "BS-detector" and understand how some of today's problems really are part of a bigger picture. And you'll have fun amazing your friends - you will not read this book without reading at least one or two questions and solutions aloud to somebody else.

After reading each book once through for fun, I went back and reread each question to look more closely at the logic of its solution. My first reaction was usually: "Hey, he can't make that assumption or simplification". Then I read the careful explanation of why the precision of each assumption had little effect on the solution. I double-checked a few (using a spreadsheet to 4 decimal places) and realized that he was exactly right - for 99% of the reasons I might ponder these weighty questions, a ball-park solution was plenty good enough.

If you're like me, you'll read this in bed straight through, staying up way too late. And your wife will poke you in the ribs and tell you to chuckle more quietly. If you know what's good for you, do what she says, but keep reading and bookmark a couple of examples to read to her in the morning.
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HASH(0x94a50d68) von 5 Sternen problem solving at the coffee shop 27. Dezember 2012
Von pete - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was recently at my favorite coffee shop with this book and a mechanical pencil in hand.

Well I never would have thought that I would get so many 'interested' looks from the ladies - I would like to think that its because of the very nice cover of this book - my God its a chick magnet!!

So there you are all you nerds out there - get a copy and instant meaningfull social life, as well as a good mental work out - bodybuilders eat your hearts out!
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great book!
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Worth every penny. Stimulates the mind.
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Loved reading this... I found it to be one of the best books on the topic I have run across....well written and understood...
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This is a sequel to the original, and I recommend that you read that first. You need a good grounding in the basics.
http://www.amazon.com/Guesstimation-Solving-Worlds-Problems-Cocktail/dp/0691129495/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363399837&sr=8-1&keywords=guesstimation
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