William Poundstone





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When I was an eight-year-old boy in West Virginia, a friend of my father's gave me a paperback copy of Martin Gardner's Mathematical Puzzles & Diversions. He gave it to me because (a) it had all these logic puzzles in it, and they were "too hard" for him and (b) my father had boasted that I was a pretty bright kid. So maybe I would like it. As I thumbed through the Gardner book, it struck me as the most sophisticated, grown-up book I'd ever come across.

Half of the puzzles were about cigarettes or martinis! It seemed that way, anyhow. "Arrange six cigarettes so that each touches the other five. . ." "You have a glass of gin and a glass of vermouth and one spoon. . ." I suppose I had an inkling that there were even more grown-up books tha...more


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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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Are You Smart Enough to Wor...
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Priceless: The Myth of Fair...
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Labyrinths of Reason: Parad...
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Big Secrets
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“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

“The stumbling block isn't the certainty effect per se. It's the way that smart people are influenced by mere words, by the way the choices are framed.”
William Poundstone, Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value

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