Turning Numbers into Knowledge 2nd Ed.

Mastering the Art of Problem Solving

Jonathan G. Koomey

Publisher: Analytics Press, 2008, 245 pages

ISBN: 978-0970601926

Keywords: Presentations

Last modified: March 22, 2016, 9:45 a.m.

The world keeps getting more complex, but becoming a better problem solver can help you make sense of it all. In this readable and entertaining book, an award-winning scientist teaches you how to apply practical problem-solving skills to life and work.

  • Introduction: The Information Explosion
  • Part I: Things to Know
    1. Beginner's Mind
    2. Don't Be Intimidated
    3. Information, Intention, and Action
    4. Peer Review and Scientific Discovery
  • Part II: Be Prepared
    1. Explore Your Ideology
    2. Get Organized
    3. Establish a Filing System
    4. Build a Toolbox
    5. Put Facts at Your Fingertips
    6. Value Your Time
  • Part III: Assess Their Analysis
    1. The Power of Critical Thinking
    2. Numbers Aren't Everything
    3. All Numbers Are Not Created Equal
    4. Question Authority
    5. How Guesses Become Facts
    6. Don't Believe Everything You Read
    7. Go Back to the Questions
    8. Reading Tables and Graphs
    9. Distinguish Facts from Values
    10. The Uncertainty Principle and the Mass Media
  • Part IV:Create Your Analysis
    1. Reflect
    2. Get Unstuck
    3. Inquire
    4. Be a Detective
    5. Create Consistent Comparisons
    6. Tell a Good Story
    7. Dig into the Numbers
    8. Make a Model
    9. Reuse Old Envelopes
    10. Use Forecasts with Care
    11. Hear All Sides
  • Part V: Show Your Stuff
    1. Know Your Audience
    2. Document, Document, Document
    3. Let the Tables and Graphs Do the Work
    4. Create Compelling Graphs and Figures
    5. Create Good Templates
    6. Use Numbers Effectively in Oral Oresentations
    7. Use the Internet
    8. Share and Share Alike
  • Conclusion: Creating the Future
  • Epilogue: Some Parting Thoughts


Turning Numbers into Knowledge

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

OK ***** (5 out of 10)

Last modified: March 22, 2016, 9:45 a.m.

Nothing exceptional with this book. Neither bad or good, but an OK book if you need it.


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