William Poundstone

William Poundstone

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in Morgantown, The United States
March 29, 1955



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William Poundstone is the author of more than ten non-fiction books, including 'Fortune's Formula', which was the Amazon Editors' Pick for #1 non-fiction book of 2005. Poundstone has written for The New York Times, Psychology Today, Esquire, Harpers, The Economist, and Harvard Business Review. He has appeared on the Today Show, The David Letterman Show and hundreds of radio talk-shows throughout the world. Poundstone studied physics at MIT and many of his ideas concern the social and financial impact of scientific ideas. His books have sold over half a million copies worldwide.

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In the next few days more people than ever will struggle to invent new passwords in a short time. How should you do it?
The good news: More and more browsers and operating systems can generate long, random passwords. They would be tough to remember but you don't have to remember them. The browser or OS stores them.
The bad news: You're trusting the security of that browser or OS. OpenSSL was als... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.78 · 7,434 ratings · 799 reviews · 19 distinct works · Similar authors
Fortune's Formula: The Unto...
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 1,437 ratings4 editions
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Are You Smart Enough to Wor...
3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 1,509 ratings — published 2012 — 24 editions
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Prisoner's Dilemma
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 906 ratings — published 1992 — 14 editions
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How Would You Move Mount Fu...
3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 1,093 ratings — published 2003 — 20 editions
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Priceless: The Myth of Fair...
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 799 ratings — published 2010 — 12 editions
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Labyrinths of Reason: Parad...
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 336 ratings — published 1988 — 8 editions
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Carl Sagan: A Life in the C...
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 264 ratings — published 1999 — 2 editions
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Rock Breaks Scissors: A Pra...
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 257 ratings — published 2014 — 10 editions
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Gaming the Vote: Why Electi...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 182 ratings — published 2008 — 4 editions
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Big Secrets
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 171 ratings — published 1983 — 5 editions
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“Sometimes "creativity" is just common sense.”
William Poundstone, Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economy

“With apologies to the folks in Redmond, I’ll end on another Microsoft joke because it makes the point well (a point that applies everywhere, not just at Microsoft): A helicopter was flying around above Seattle when a malfunction disabled all of its electronic navigation and communications equipment. The clouds were so thick that the pilot couldn’t tell where he was. Finally, the pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled, and held up a handwritten sign that said WHERE AM I? in large letters. People in the tall building quickly responded to the aircraft, drawing their own large sign: YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER. The pilot smiled, looked at his map, determined the route to Sea-Tac Airport, and landed safely. After they were on the ground, the copilot asked the pilot how he had done it. “I knew it had to be the Microsoft building,” he said, “because they gave me a technically correct but completely useless answer.”
William Poundstone, Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?

“Isn't human mind a funny thing? A bullet is a bullet, dead is dead. The reduction in probability of your demise is precisely the same in both cases. Why isn't your price the same?”
William Poundstone, Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value

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