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Guesstimation 2.0: Solving Today's Problems on the Back of a Napkin

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  123 ratings  ·  18 reviews
"Guesstimation 2.0" reveals the simple and effective techniques needed to estimate virtually anything--quickly--and illustrates them using an eclectic array of problems. A stimulating follow-up to "Guesstimation," this is the must-have book for anyone preparing for a job interview in technology or finance, where more and more leading businesses test applicants using estima...more
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Published September 30th 2012 by Princeton University Press (first published April 1st 2008)
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Terri
I understand base ten, took algebra, calculus, and trig in high school (and got good grades at those), and have studied probability and statistics in college (at both the Bachelor's and Master's levels), so even though math isn't my strong suit, I am fairly competent at it. But I was confused by page 4 of this book - the authors present an equation and then the answer without the crosswalk between the two. Skimming ahead, I see that this book and I are not going to get along at all. One question...more
Valerie
I love this book, and my students will too, as I assign each problem to them.
Maurizio Codogno
[se vuoi una mia recensione più seria di questo libro, va' su Galileo, "http://www.galileonet.it/recensioni/1..." !]
La spannometria è la regina delle scienze approssimate, come scrissi a suo tempo sul mio Gergo Telematico (http://xmau.com/gergo/ ). Un po' più seriamente, quella di stimare i risultati a partire da dati apparentemente incompleti è un'arte che ha anche dei risvolti pratici, visto che permette di verificare con carta e penna se i numeri che si ottengono sono coerenti con quelli che...more
Brian
Jan 16, 2013 Brian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pop Scientists
Recommended to Brian by: Gabriel Thoumi
Guesstimation 2.0 Solving Today's Problems on the Back of a Napkin succeeds where most popular science literature so often fails. This is because it provides its readers with a scientific tool they can use immediately in their everyday lives.

Lawrence Weinstein, Professor of Physics at Old Dominion University, and author of Guesstimation 2.0 Solving Today's Problems on the Back of a Napkin first provides a tutorial on how to appropriately frame questions that appear too difficult to answer. His...more
Danjo
This book is meant to be read fast, the reader dwelling on physics formulas and arithmetic only in intriguing areas. It is a book of big numbers; you understand logarithms inadvertently by its end. The book covered high-school physics well; it contains "word problems" about size, speed, astronomy, electricity, pressure--all the fun stuff. Lots of conversions to standard metric units. Handy technique for quickly estimating using the mean of exponents. Examples of problems: What percentage of U.S....more
Anya
I'll admit it, this was a really difficult read for me. Studying abstract math and only thinking about logic for years has only been detrimental to my ability to think about applied problem solving. This is a really short book, but each section left me thinking for hours afterward, trying to figure out distances and volumes, wanting to measure items and calculate things. Basically, it left me thinking about all the things I tried to avoid in math and physics courses for my whole life: the real w...more
Dawnh
A physics professor at my school is one of the authors of this book. We are using it as the text for a seminar he teaches called Physics on the back of an envelope. It is a lot of fun and really helps me learn to think through things with quick estimates and comparisons. The book itself is a quick, easy read with lots of examples and hints. After a bit of practice it is fun to come up with my own questions to estimate.
Aathavan
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is amazing as to how much one can estimate with very minimal knowledge. Some of the problems that stand out are

- what are the odds /mile of dying in a plane and in a car?
- How much star debris would a supernova dump on earth?
- how much more corn fields would we need to convert to ethanol based fuel economy?
- What is the power density of the sun?



Bashnev
A good introduction to estimations or so-called "Fermi problems". Lots of fun estimates to have a go at. Mostly only arithmetic is required though some problems require a knowledge of volume calculations and basic concepts from physics. Good source of questions for teachers wanting problem solving material without excessive discipline content required to actually do the problems.
Joanna Chen
Amazingly interesting set-ups for conquering estimations. Gives lots of useful figures that all people should know and teaches you how to quickly solve your own large scaled problems! Also great for interview questions.
Krollo
The first half was great and it was fun to work out estimates, but towards the end it got ridiculously convoluted and technical (coming from someone with a generally alright knwlledge of maths and science).
Steve Schlutow
This is a great book full of fun facts, and the math that estimates such.. The probability of a base ball landing in my beer cup is my favorite..
Vikram Barate
Amazing mathematics formulas ans answers. Good thing is you need not be great in mathematics to know all this.
Teo
wow, learnt that almost 10million people are digging their nose at every instant
Curtis
Aug 09, 2010 Curtis marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: analysis, ebook
How to Measure Anything is supposed to be a better book
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Apr 20, 2010 Ashwini Pandey is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent so far
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