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# Guesstimation: Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin

"Guesstimation" is a book that unlocks the power of approximation--it's popular mathematics rounded to the nearest power of ten! The ability to estimate is an important skill in daily life. More and more leading businesses today use estimation questions in interviews to test applicants' abilities to think on their feet. "Guesstimation" enables anyone with basic math and sc
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ebook, 320 pages

Published
February 9th 2009
by Princeton University Press
(first published April 1st 2008)

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Which is actually really boring.

I flipped through, there weren't any problems I actually wanted to know ...more

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

Jan 16, 2013
Brian
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it was amazing
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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

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

I would recommend checking out the book (from the library) just to read the short introduction, and flip through a couple of the problems to see what they're like.

You can 80/20 this book with about 10 minutes.

Mar 24, 2015
Ami Iida
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really liked it
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Recommends it for:
People who want to learn the logical thinking, People who want to think quantitative things

This book is a problem collection of Fermi problem

What is the Fermi problem?

Commentary is as follows: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_pr...

I recommend the book People who want to learn the logical thinking and

People who want to think quantitative things.

What is the Fermi problem?

Commentary is as follows: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_pr...

I recommend the book People who want to learn the logical thinking and

People who want to think quantitative things.

- 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?

Mar 30, 2013
Jo Oehrlein
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