"There is nothing else like this book out there. Nobody who deals with problems where numbers matter and everybody in today’s world really needs to should be without it." John P. Holdren, past president, American Association for the Advancement of Science, from the Foreword
"A lively, well-written, attractively packaged book on the art of critical thinking." Skeptical Inquirer
"Dr. Koomey's book deserves to be widely read and shared, especially by those who take seriously the fragile yet critical role of an informed citizenry in increasingly complex democratic societies." Professor Michael Maniates, Allegheny College
From the Author
This book grew out of my experience in training analysts whom I've hired in the past decade. It is written for beginning problem solvers in business, government, consulting, and research professions, and for students of business and public policy. It is also intended for supervisors of such analysts, professors, and entrepreneurs (who may not consider themselves analysts but who need to create analyses to justify their business plans to potential investors). Finally, it covers many topics that journalists who focus on scientific or business topics will find useful.
Ive included cartoons and other amusing graphics, as well as quotes and examples galore. The chapters are short and to the point, with plenty of further reading in the back for readers who want to explore further. I hope that any person who takes an intelligent interest in the world will enjoy it and find it useful.
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