Four Ways of Thinking Statistical, Interactive, Chaotic and Complex

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Publisher's Synopsis


'Packed with practical examples and insightful wisdom. . . A highly enjoyable and effective guide to better thinking' Sabine Hossenfelder

'I wish David Sumpter had been my maths teacher. I hated the subject at school. I hoover up his books now' Sunday Times

Acclaimed mathematician David Sumpter shows how we can deal with the chaos and complexity of our lives

What is the best way to think about the world? How often do we consider how our own thinking might impact the way we approach our daily decisions? Could it help or hinder our relationships, our careers, or even our health?

Thinking about thinking is something we rarely do, yet it is something science questions all the time. David Sumpter has spent decades studying what we could all learn from the mindsets of scientists, and Four Ways of Thinking is the result. Here he reveals the four easily applied approaches to our problems: statistical, interactive, chaotic and complex.

Combining engaging personal experience with practical advice and inspiring tales of ground-breaking scientific pioneers (with a tiny bit of number crunching along the way), Sumpter explains how these tried and tested methods can help us with every conundrum, from how to bicker less with our partners to pitching to a tough crowd - and in doing so change our lives.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241624166
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Allen Lane
Pub date:
DEWEY: 153.42
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 394g
Height: 151mm
Width: 233mm
Spine width: 26mm