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Poundstone, William

Overview
Works: 84 works in 379 publications in 10 languages and 14,826 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author
Classifications: HF5549.5.I6, B
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Most widely held works about William Poundstone
 
Most widely held works by William Poundstone
Prisoner's dilemma by William Poundstone( Book )

59 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Watching players bluff in a poker game inspired John von Neumann--father of the modern computer and one of the sharpest minds of the century--to construct game theory, a mathematical study of conflict and deception. Game theory was embraced at the RAND Corporation, the think tank charged with formulating military strategy for the atomic age, and in 1950 two RAND scientists discovered the "prisoner's dilemma"--A disturbing game where two or more people may betray the common good for individual gain. The prisoner's dilemma quickly became a popular allegory of the nuclear arms race. Game theory developed into a controversial tool of public policy--alternately accused of justifying arms races and touted as the only hope of preventing them. Biographer Poundstone weaves together a biography of the brilliant and tragic von Neumann, a history of pivotal phases of the cold war, and an investigation of game theory's far-reaching influence.--From publisher description
Carl Sagan : a life in the cosmos by William Poundstone( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of twentieth-century scientist Carl Sagan, discussing his lifelong obsession with interplanetary travel and life in outer space, and considering how that interest made him an icon of popular culture, but reflected badly on his professional standing
Are you smart enough to work at Google? : trick questions, zen-like riddles, insanely difficult puzzles, and other devious interviewing techniques you need to know to get a job anywhere in the new economy by William Poundstone( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents answers and solutions to some of the weirdest and most challenging interview questions and discusses the importance of creative thinking and how to beat your competition in today's job market. You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do? If you want to work at Google, or any of America's best companies, you need to have an answer to this and other puzzling questions. It guides readers through the surprising solutions to dozens of the most challenging interview questions. The book covers the importance of creative thinking, ways to get a leg up on the competition, what your Facebook page says about you, and much more
Priceless : the myth of fair value (and how to take advantage of it) by William Poundstone( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prices are a collective hallucination. Here, author William Poundstone reveals the hidden psychology of value. In psychological experiments, people are unable to estimate "fair" prices accurately and are strongly influenced by the unconscious, irrational, and politically incorrect. It hasn't taken long for marketers to apply these findings. "Price consultants" advise retailers on how to convince consumers to pay more for less, and negotiation coaches offer similar advice for businesspeople cutting deals. The new psychology of price dictates the design of price tags, menus, rebates, "sale" ads, cell phone plans, supermarket aisles, real estate offers, wage packages, tort demands, and corporate buyouts. Prices are the most pervasive hidden persuaders of all. --From publisher description
How would you move Mount Fuji? : Microsoft's cult of the puzzle : how the world's smartest companies select the most creative thinkers by William Poundstone( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Microsoft's interview process is a grueling sequence of brain-busting questions that separate the most creative thinkers from the merely brilliant. So effective is their technique that other leading corporations--from the high-tech industry to consulting and financial services--are modeling their own hiring practices on Bill Gates' unique approach. How would you move Mount Fuji? reveals for the first time more than 35 of Microsoft's puzzles and riddles
Gaming the vote : why elections aren't fair (and what we can do about it) by William Poundstone( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At least five U.S. presidential elections have been won by the second most popular candidate, because of "spoilers"--Minor candidates who take enough votes away from the most popular candidate to tip the election. The spoiler effect is a consequence of the "impossibility theorem," discovered by Nobel laureate economist Kenneth Arrow, which asserts that voting is fundamentally unfair--and political strategists are exploiting the mathematical faults of the simple majority vote. This book presents a solution to the spoiler problem: a system called range voting, already widely used on the Internet, which is the fairest voting method of all, according to computer studies. Range voting remains controversial, however, and author Poundstone assesses the obstacles confronting any attempt to change the American electoral system.--From publisher description
Fortune's formula : the untold story of the scientific betting system that beat the casinos and Wall Street by William Poundstone( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1956 two Bell Labs scientists discovered the formula for getting rich. One was mathematician Claude Shannon, neurotic father of our digital age; the other was John L. Kelly, Jr., a Texas-born, gun-toting physicist. Together they applied information theory--the basis of computers and the Internet--to the problem of making as much money as possible, as fast as possible. Shannon and MIT mathematician Edward O. Thorp took the "Kelly formula" to the tables of Las Vegas. It worked. They realized that there was even more money in the stock market, specifically in the risky trading known as arbitrage. Shannon became a successful investor, using his wealth to drop out of the scientific world. This book traces how the Kelly formula sparked controversy even as it made fortunes at racetracks, casinos, and trading desks.--From publisher description
Labyrinths of reason : paradox, puzzles, and the frailty of knowledge by William Poundstone( Book )

23 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This sharply intelligent, consistently provocative book takes the reader on an astonishing, thought-provoking voyage into the realm of delightful uncertainty--a world of paradox in which logical argument leads to contradiction and common sense is seemingly rendered irrelevant. From the Trade Paperback edition
Big secrets : the uncensored truth about all sorts of stuff you are never supposed to know by William Poundstone( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 2001 in English and Japanese and held by 888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a book about things people were trying to keep secret--secret sauces, secret recipes, secret initiation rites, secret gimmicks of all sorts. Includes Index
The recursive universe : cosmic complexity and the limits of scientific knowledge by William Poundstone( Book )

27 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This fascinating popular science journey explores key concepts in information theory in terms of Conway's "Game of Life" program. The author explains the application of natural law to a random system and demonstrates the necessity of limits. Other topics include the limits of knowledge, paradox of complexity, Maxwell's demon, Big Bang theory, and much more
Rock breaks scissors : a practical guide to outguessing and outwitting almost everybody by William Poundstone( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rock breaks scissors is based on a simple principle: people are unable to act randomly. Instead they display unconscious patterns that the savvy person can outguess. The principle applies to friends playing rock, paper, scissors for a bar tab as well as to the crowds that create markets for homes and stocks. With a gift for distilling psychology and behavioral economics into accessible advice, Poundstone proves that outguessing is easy, fun, and often profitable"--Dust jacket flap
Head in the cloud : why knowing things still matters when facts are so easy to look up by William Poundstone( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the state of knowledge in the American public, and demonstrates how many areas of knowledge correlate with quality of life, politics, and behavior, arguing that being knowledgeable has significant value even when facts can be looked up with little effort
Bigger secrets : more than 125 things they prayed you'd never find out by William Poundstone( Book )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biggest secrets : more uncensored truth about all sorts of stuff you are never supposed to know by William Poundstone( Book )

4 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in Chinese and English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes how to escape a straightjacket, backword messages on albums, secret identities and magic tricks
The ultimate by William Poundstone( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are you smart enough to work at Google? : fiendish puzzles and impossible interview questions from the world's top companies by William Poundstone( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book reveals the new extreme interview questions in the post-crash, hyper-competitive job-market and uncovers the extraordinary lengths the best companies will go to find the right staff. The author guides readers through the surprising solutions to over a hundred of the most challenging conundrums actually used in interviews
Are you smart enough to work at Google? : trick questions, zen-like riddles, insanely difficult puzzles, and other devious interviewing techniques you need to know to get a job in the new economy by William Poundstone( Recording )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this twenty-first-century guide to landing your dream job, William Poundstone reveals the history, secrets, and devious interview techniques of today's top companies and guides you through the solutions to dozens of the most challenging interview questions used today. Discover the importance of creative thinking (and why companies prize it above grades, experience, and IQ), ways to get a leg up on the competition (there might not be a right answer, but there's always a better answer), what your Facebook page says about you (and how to turn the social nets in your favor), and much more
How to predict the unpredictable : the art of outsmarting almost everyone by William Poundstone( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We are hard-wired to believe that the world is more predictable than it is. We chase ‘winning streaks' that are often just illusions, and we are all too predictable exactly when we try hardest not to be. In the 1970s, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky coined the phrase ‘representativeness' to describe the psychology of this behaviour. Since then representativeness has been used by auditors to catch people fiddling their tax returns and by hedge fund managers to reap billions from the emotions of small investors. Now Poundstone for the first time makes these techniques fun, easy, and profitable
Im Labyrinth des Denkens : wenn Logik nicht weiterkommt ; Paradoxien, Zwickmühlen, Sackgassen, Rätsel und die Hinfälligkeit des Wissens by William Poundstone( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in German and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Êtes-vous assez intelligent pour travailler chez Google? : questions pièges, casse-tête métaphysiques, énigmes impossibles et autres techniques d'entretien pour trouver un emploi dans la nouvelle économie by William Poundstone( Book )

21 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

You are shrunk to the height of a penny and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in sixty seconds. What do you do? If you want to work at Google, or any of the world's top employers, you'll need to have a convincing answer to this and countless other baffling puzzles. Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? Reveals the new extreme interview questions in the postcrash, hypercompetitive job-market and uncovers the extraordinary lengths to which the best companies will go to find the right staff. Bestselling author William Poundstone guides readers through the surprising solutions to over
 
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Are you smart enough to work at Google? : trick questions, zen-like riddles, insanely difficult puzzles, and other devious interviewing techniques you need to know to get a job anywhere in the new economy
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William Poundstone escritor estadounidense

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Carl Sagan : a life in the cosmosAre you smart enough to work at Google? : trick questions, zen-like riddles, insanely difficult puzzles, and other devious interviewing techniques you need to know to get a job anywhere in the new economyPriceless : the myth of fair value (and how to take advantage of it)How would you move Mount Fuji? : Microsoft's cult of the puzzle : how the world's smartest companies select the most creative thinkersGaming the vote : why elections aren't fair (and what we can do about it)Fortune's formula : the untold story of the scientific betting system that beat the casinos and Wall StreetLabyrinths of reason : paradox, puzzles, and the frailty of knowledgeBig secrets : the uncensored truth about all sorts of stuff you are never supposed to know