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William Poundstone has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize. Among his seven books are "The Recursive Universe," "Labyrinths of Reason," and "Big Secrets." He has also written extensively for network television and major magazines. He lives in Los Angeles. (Publisher Provided)


Obras por William Poundstone

Carl Sagan: A Life in the Cosmos (1999) 211 exemplares, 2 críticas


Conhecimento Comum



Почему одна вещь или услуга нам представляется дороже другой? Во многом это психология, и в первых главах нам встретятся имена популярных исследователей алгоритмов принятия решений: Дэн Ариэли, Тверски и Канеман. Многие из их открытий уже известны, но недостатка в новых парадоксах и наводящих на размышления опытах нет. Так, «цены обворожения» (чуть-чуть ниже круглой цифры), правда, работают, но есть нюанс. Вино и экзотический шоколад популярны как подарки в том числе и потому, что людям, которые их получают, трудно догадаться, сколько именно за них было заплачено.

Оригинальное название этой книги — «Бесценно: миф о справедливой стоимости (и как им злоупотреблять)», и читать о таких относительно честных практиках даже интереснее, чем о психологии. Например, об уловках в ценообразовании для выгодной продажи недвижимости. А умение применять антидот против ценового «якоря» пригодится во многих жизненных ситуациях, связанных с переговорами.
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Den85 | 2 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |
Mostly a bio of John Von Neumann, it also goes into some depth on the history of the early days of the Cold War, and the RAND Corporation in particular. As an overview of game theory for non-mathematical people, it's excellent. It does wander around a bit, and is a bit dated in discussions of AI and computer gaming. Nevertheless a worthwhile read, adding historical context to some of today's prisoner's dilemmas.
dhaxton | 9 outras críticas | Jan 27, 2023 |
Well, I don't think I'll be outguessing and outwitting "almost everybody" after reading this, but it was still an interesting book. With topics ranging from rock, paper, scissors strategies to office pools to the stock market, it's a good bet every chapter will not be of equal interest to a reader. The chapter on the stock market was a struggle for me to get through, and I didn't care much about the sports-related chapters either.
But the book explored some interesting ideas about how our minds tend to work, how bad people are at randomness and how we see patterns where there aren't any.
The introductory chapters to Parts One and Two were more fascinating than many of the chapters that followed, but I still liked several of the topics that were covered. The chapters on passwords, crowd-sourced ratings, manipulated and fake numbers were good, as well as the chapters in Part Two on big data and retail prices. It was also handy that the author did a summary of tips and strategies at the end of each chapter.
There's probably something for everyone in here, and it's worth a look.
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Harks | 6 outras críticas | Dec 17, 2022 |



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