- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801897173
- ISBN-13: 978-0801897177
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,407,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quantify!: A Crash Course in Smart Thinking 1st Edition
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"An excellent piece of work with lots of fascinating information inside."(Brian Clegg Popular Science)
"Essays are fun, involving... and will appeal to both general readers and collections from high school into college grades."(Midwest Book Review)
"Grimvall's book should appeal to and amuse a wide audience, extending from professional scientists, teachres, school kids, newspaper columnists to the... average citizen."(Philip J. Davis SIAM News)
"A wonderful read for everyone, emphasizing how scientists and engineers tend to think about examples from daily life that are expressed by numbers... Highly recommended."(Choice)
"A fun survey of the use of numbers to make sound judgments, from gravity’s effects on sports records to statistical analysis of the weather."(Science News)
About the Author
Göran Grimvall is professor emeritus of physics at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. An elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, he is the author of a number of popular physics books, including Brainteaser Physics, also published by Johns Hopkins.
Top customer reviews
If you are looking for a book on various short histories on measurements then you will be pleased. However, If you are looking for a book on how measurements were created, or a book on quantitative thinking then there are other books to choose from - though not a big selection. Here are a couple that I liked,
Some books in this area that I suggest:
What the Numbers Say - Derrick Niederman
Guesstimation 2.0 - Lawrence Weinstein
"While Quantify! is accessible to anyone ... it also has the potential to speak to those with more advanced training in mathematics. The absence of problems on which to work makes the book inappropriate as a primary text for most math classes. However, the book could serve as a provocative supplement to any math course that treats topics concerning counting, measure, accuracy, extrapolation and models." -- Susan D'Agostino
Early in my life's career I was fond of Dr. Edward de Bono books on thinking methodology, AKA thinking outside the box. But my first introduction to the fascinating art in geometry was by my dad, who taught mathematics in the French Lyceum. He offered me, at an early age, math treats which spontaneously excited my creative thinking and challenged my imaginative faculty. My intellectual Engg Math professor pushed it further to relate to Forensic Logic, asking me if I have attended Alfred Hitchcock mystery movie in the previous weekend, during Math 101 lectures, in front of two hundred students! The book section on how to determine a lethal dose of a given poison, and its constituents flashed back recovering my math related memories. Factors such as the post-exposure time, the weight of the individual who is poisoned, and the way in which the poison interacted with the body must be envisaged with care. Such factors must be weighed in light of observable, counter evidence, proclaimed Grimvall and Lt. Columbo.
In mathematics and statistics, Quantifying is the act of counting and measuring that maps human observations and experiences into members of some set of numbers. Quantifying in this sense is fundamental to the scientific method. Modern science accepts empiricism as its philosophical foundation. Why do engineers incorporate in their designs large safety factors for structures and boilers? While estimation before detailed calculation is becoming a lost art, its value is in preventing catestrophic mistakes. In 1963 ASME code, the empirical value of the design safety factor was reduced from 4 to 3 for Nuclear power vessel designs.
Goran Grimvall ,'Brainteaser Physics: Challenging Physics Puzzlers physics', whom I know only by name, in spite of our same birth date and a mutual research interest (in thermal/ transport properties of molten metals and alloys). He is a wonderful science writer, Royal Swedish Institute of Technology emeritus professor, emphasizing how scientists and engineers visualize examples from daily life that are expressed in numbers, equations, and supported by statistics.
The content of Quantify, however, does not only concern 'notation', a system of figures or symbols used in a professional field to represent numbers, quantities, or values. So, clothes bought in different countries have sizes without standards. The typical height of a person is between one and two meters. Does one need a better value, to design a rowboat, say 170 cms.? Grimvall skillfully explains how it happened that the number of fatalities in Sweden declined the year after the change from left-hand to right hand traffic, or hints on how to establish the lifting capacity of an elevator, and the tension limits of a rope. While each of the book chapters could stand on its own merits, the book presents more than the sum of its essays. The reader will muse reading essays on topics as, 'The Bathtub Vortex', 'The Unridable Bicycle' in between others. It is here that the author demonstrates that the clockwise or anti-clockwise helical direction of water draining down a bathtub drain has no relation with its relative position from the equator, or balance on a bicycle has little to do with gyroscopic effects of the revolving wheels. Each of these essays continues to convey to the reader witty and engaging subjects in lateral thinking and inspiring mathematical thought.
This book makes a good gift to our teenagers, who lost interest in the language of the 21st century, Mathematics. A Crash Course in Smart Thinking is good news for the American people, in this time of tax code deciphering, debt ceiling raising, and United States rating fiasco. We have to hire the author to enlighten our elected politicians, as Gary Hendriksen, Amazon reviewer (USA) proposed for [Straight and Crooked Thinking] writing, "This book should be required reading for anyone who takes public policy issues seriously. It explains the various techniques and ploys by which emotionally loaded words and various debating tricks can transform an intellectually honest debate into a propaganda campaign, and gives techniques to counter these ploys."