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"Scott Page has brought to our attention a practically important proposition: diversity of viewpoints is of the greatest importance in solving the problems that face us individually and collectively. Diversity among a group of problem solvers is more important than individual excellence. Page's exposition remarkably combines lightness and breadth of knowledge with rigor and evidence."--Kenneth J. Arrow, Nobel Prize-winning economist
"Scott Page knows more about diversity than anyone anywhere. In The Difference, he shows why diversity matters, how it leads to better outcomes, and most importantly why achieving the significant benefits of diversity requires thinking well beyond traditional categories such as race, gender, or ethnicity. Knowledge of this book should be a litmus test for educators and diversity trainers--if you haven't read it, you are just talking metaphor. Stop playing defense and start playing offense by buying this book."--Bill Miller, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Legg Mason Capital Management
"Does diversity trump ability when it comes to problem solving? Scott Page shows that the answer is, at least sometimes, yes. You'd do better to add more diversity of perspectives to your problem-solving team than to increase the average ability of individual team members. Diversity in both experience and identity can spark a group's creativity. Page pursues the logic of diversity and shows why and when hiring people who differ can lead to a better bottom line."--Ian Ayres, coauthor of Why Not? How to Use Everyday Ingenuity to Solve Problems Big and Small
"The book is brilliant. Page has a dazzling eclecticism."--Max Bazerman, Harvard Business School
Not what I expected but it did make some big changes in the ways in which I think about things Well worth most people's time.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great, easy book to read. Very useful information on diversity and the importance of diversity in problem solving. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Vericu
It appears this book is not what it seems.
A great insightful look into why a broad spectrum of diverse folks and ideals gives new perspectives on problem solvingPublished 13 months ago by Greg Pratchett
Readers should be aware that an article in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society (October 2014) has pointed out that models on which this work is based are inappropriate... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Math Guy
I don't buy the argument that diversity trumps ability. My experience is almost exactly the opposite. Read morePublished 14 months ago by David S
Early in his career, political scientist and economist Scott Paige was messing around with a mathematical model of different groups trying to solve problems, when he noticed... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kevin Currie-Knight
I found the concepts in this book incredibly enlightening. So much so, that I found the corny jokes and interludes an exceptional distraction. Read morePublished 24 months ago by M. M. Massa