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  • How Would You Move Mount Fuji?by William Poundstone

    Little, Brown and Company 2003; US$ 9.99

    For years, Microsoft and other high-tech companies have been posing riddles and logic puzzles like these in their notoriously grueling job interviews. Now "puzzle interviews" have become a hot new trend in hiring. From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, employers are using tough and tricky questions to gauge job candidates' intelligence, imagination,... more...

  • Big Secretsby William Poundstone

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 10.99

    The Book That Gives the Inside Story on Hundreds of Secrets of American Life --Big Secrets. Are there really secret backward messages in rock music, or is somebody nuts? We tested suspect tunes at a recording studio to find out. What goes on at Freemason initiations? Here's the whole story, including -- yes! -- the electric carpet. Colonel... more...

  • Gaming the Voteby William Poundstone

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009; US$ 23.99

    Our Electoral System is Fundamentally Flawed, But There's a Simple and Fair Solution   At least five U.S. presidential elections have been won by the second most popular candidate. The reason was a "spoiler"--a minor candidate who takes enough votes away from the most popular candidate to tip the election to someone else. The spoiler effect is... more...

  • Fortune's Formulaby William Poundstone

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010; US$ 17.99

    In 1956 two Bell Labs scientists discovered the scientific formula for getting rich. One was mathematician Claude Shannon, neurotic father of our digital age, whose genius is ranked with Einstein's. The other was John L. Kelly Jr., a Texas-born, gun-toting physicist. Together they applied the science of information theory--the basis of computers and... more...

  • Pricelessby William Poundstone

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010; US$ 15.99

    Prada stores carry a few obscenely expensive items in order to boost sales for everything else (which look like bargains in comparison). People used to download music for free, then Steve Jobs convinced them to pay. How? By charging 99 cents. That price has a hypnotic effect: the profit margin of the 99 Cents Only store is twice that of Wal-Mart.... more...

  • Prisoner's Dilemmaby William Poundstone

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 17.00

    Prisoner's Dilemma "The real originality of PRISONER'S DILEMMA lies in its colorful synthesis of logical material and historical and biographical narration [which] takes us in parallel lines through cold war history, strategic games of the nuclear age and the life of von Neumann . . . Lively, open and multifaceted." ? New York Times Book Review ... more...

  • Labyrinths of Reasonby William Poundstone

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 12.76

    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. more...

  • Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?by William Poundstone

    Little, Brown and Company 2012; US$ 9.99

    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. ARE YOU SMART ENOUGH TO WORK AT GOOGLE? guides readers through the surprising solutions to dozens... more...

  • Pricelessby William Poundstone

    Scribe Publications 2011; US$ 19.99

    People used to download music for free; then Steve Jobs convinced them to pay for it. How? By charging 99 cents. Prada and other luxury stores stock a few obscenely expensive items ? just to make the rest of their inventory seem like a bargain. Why do text messages cost money, while emails are free? Why do jars of peanut butter keep getting smaller... more...

  • Big Secretsby William Poundstone

    HarperCollins 2011; Not Available

    The Book That Gives the Inside Story on Hundreds of Secrets of American Life --Big Secrets. Are there really secret backward messages in rock music, or is somebody nuts? We tested suspect tunes at a recording studio to find out. What goes on at Freemason initiations? Here's the whole story, including -- yes! -- the electric carpet. Colonel... more...