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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...

  • 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...

  • Rock Breaks Scissorsby William Poundstone

    Little, Brown and Company 2014; US$ 11.69

    A practical guide to outguessing everything from multiple-choice tests to the office football pool to the stock market. People are predictable even when they try not to be. William Poundstone demonstrates how to turn this fact to personal advantage in scores of everyday situations, from playing the lottery to buying a home. ROCK BREAKS SCISSORS... more...

  • Êtes-vous assez intelligent pour travailler chez Google ?by William Poundstone

    JC Lattès 2013; US$ 20.99

    Questions pièges, énigmes métaphysiques, puzzles impossibles et autres techniques d?interviews pour trouver un travail dans la nouvelle écomonie. ? Vous rapetissez jusqu?à la taille d?une pièce de cinq centimes et êtes projeté dans un mixeur. Les lames entrent en action dans soixante secondes. Que faites-vous ?  ? Si vous étiez un personnage de... 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...

  • 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...

  • How to Predict the Unpredictableby William Poundstone

    Oneworld Publications 2014; US$ 15.99

    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... more...