The Drunkard s Walk

Author: Leonard Mlodinow
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141920696
Release Date: 2009-04-02
Genre: Mathematics

An exhilarating, eye-opening guide to understanding our random world Leonard Mlodinow reveals the psychological illusions that prevent us understanding everything from stock-picking to wine-tasting, winning the lottery to road safety, and reveals the truth about the success of sporting heroes and film stars, and even how to make sense of a blood test. The Drunkard's Walk is an exhilarating, eye-opening guide to understanding our random world - read it, so you won't be left a victim of chance. Leonard Mlodinow has a Ph.D., has been a member of the faculty of the California Institute of Technology and a television writer in Hollywood, as well as developing many award winning CD-Roms. He is currently Vice President of Emerging Technologies and R&D at Scholastic Inc. and lives in New York City. His previous books include A Brief History of Time, which he co-authored, and Euclid's Window and Some Time with Feynman both published by Penguin.

Evidence based Implant Treatment Planning and Clinical Protocols

Author: Steven J. Sadowsky
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781119080039
Release Date: 2017-01-17
Genre: Medical

Evidence-based Implant Treatment Planning and Clinical Protocols provides a systematic approach to making treatment decisions and performing restorative procedures. Written by internationally recognized experts with clinical and academic credentials, the book draws on the best available evidence to offer current, clinically relevant guidance on implant dentistry. More than 500 high-quality images accompany the text, making it a comprehensive reference to dental implants, from planning to the surgical and restorative stage. Topics covered encompass all aspects of implant dentistry for partially and completely edentulous patients, including imaging, materials, and new technologies. A companion website offers video clips demonstrating the procedures discussed and the figures from the book in PowerPoint. Evidence-based Implant Treatment Planning and Clinical Protocols is a thoroughly modern resource ideal for dental students, general practitioners, and specialists. Key features Offers a clinically relevant resource grounded in the latest research Applies an evidence-based approach to all aspects of implant dentistry, including maxillofacial prosthodontics, from planning to surgery and restoration Describes procedures in detail with accompanying images Covers all stages of treatment, from planning to execution Includes access to a companion website with video clips demonstrating procedures and the figures from the book in PowerPoint

Subliminal

Author: Leonard Mlodinow
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307907448
Release Date: 2012-04-24
Genre: Psychology

From the bestselling author of The Drunkard’s Walk and coauthor of The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), a startling and eye-opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world. Winner of the 2013 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Over the past two decades of neurological research, it has become increasingly clear that the way we experience the world--our perception, behavior, memory, and social judgment--is largely driven by the mind's subliminal processes and not by the conscious ones, as we have long believed. In Subliminal, Leonard Mlodinow employs his signature concise, accessible explanations of the most obscure scientific subjects to unravel the complexities of the subliminal mind. In the process he shows the many ways it influences how we misperceive our relationships with family, friends, and business associates; how we misunderstand the reasons for our investment decisions; and how we misremember important events--along the way, changing our view of ourselves and the world around us.

Heuristics in Analytics

Author: Carlos Andre Reis Pinheiro
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118416747
Release Date: 2014-01-31
Genre: Business & Economics

Employ heuristic adjustments for truly accurate analysis Heuristics in Analytics presents an approach to analysisthat accounts for the randomness of business and the competitivemarketplace, creating a model that more accurately reflects thescenario at hand. With an emphasis on the importance of properanalytical tools, the book describes the analytical process fromexploratory analysis through model developments, to deployments andpossible outcomes. Beginning with an introduction to heuristicconcepts, readers will find heuristics applied to statistics andprobability, mathematics, stochastic, and artificial intelligencemodels, ending with the knowledge applications that solve businessproblems. Case studies illustrate the everyday application andimplication of the techniques presented, while the heuristicapproach is integrated into analytical modeling, graph analysis,text analytics, and more. Robust analytics has become crucial in the corporateenvironment, and randomness plays an enormous role in business andthe competitive marketplace. Failing to account for randomness cansteer a model in an entirely wrong direction, negatively affectingthe final outcome and potentially devastating the bottom line.Heuristics in Analytics describes how the heuristiccharacteristics of analysis can be overcome with problem design,math and statistics, helping readers to: Realize just how random the world is, and how unplanned eventscan affect analysis Integrate heuristic and analytical approaches to modeling andproblem solving Discover how graph analysis is applied in real-world scenariosaround the globe Apply analytical knowledge to customer behavior, insolvencyprevention, fraud detection, and more Understand how text analytics can be applied to increase thebusiness knowledge Every single factor, no matter how large or how small, must betaken into account when modeling a scenario or event—even theunknowns. The presence or absence of even a single detail candramatically alter eventual outcomes. From raw data to finalreport, Heuristics in Analytics contains the informationanalysts need to improve accuracy, and ultimately, predictive, anddescriptive power.

Keeping Up with the Quants

Author: Thomas H. Davenport
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 9781422187265
Release Date: 2013-05-21
Genre: Business & Economics

Why Everyone Needs Analytical Skills Welcome to the age of data. No matter your interests (sports, movies, politics), your industry (finance, marketing, technology, manufacturing), or the type of organization you work for (big company, nonprofit, small start-up)—your world is awash with data. As a successful manager today, you must be able to make sense of all this information. You need to be conversant with analytical terminology and methods and able to work with quantitative information. This book promises to become your “quantitative literacy" guide—helping you develop the analytical skills you need right now in order to summarize data, find the meaning in it, and extract its value. In Keeping Up with the Quants, authors, professors, and analytics experts Thomas Davenport and Jinho Kim offer practical tools to improve your understanding of data analytics and enhance your thinking and decision making. You’ll gain crucial skills, including: • How to formulate a hypothesis • How to gather and analyze relevant data • How to interpret and communicate analytical results • How to develop habits of quantitative thinking • How to deal effectively with the “quants” in your organization Big data and the analytics based on it promise to change virtually every industry and business function over the next decade. If you don’t have a business degree or if you aren’t comfortable with statistics and quantitative methods, this book is for you. Keeping Up with the Quants will give you the skills you need to master this new challenge—and gain a significant competitive edge.

Alternative Therapies For Epilepsy

Author: Orrin Devinsky, MD
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
ISBN: 9781617050664
Release Date: 2012-06-19
Genre: Medical

Written by three distinguished epileptologists with a long-standing interest in alternative therapies, this book provides an evidence-based consideration of the use of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies in epilepsy care. Organized by problem, the authors review alternative approaches to epilepsy- related conditions to help physicians, healthcare professionals, CAM providers, and patients understand the options and safely integrate treatments that work into their regimens. The book begins with an overview of the therapies themselves, including herbal remedies, nutrition, alternative pharmacological therapies, physical treatments, and neurobehavioral approaches, and also discusses medication-related considerations and caveats. The next group of chapters covers CAM and preventive approaches to mitigating the effects of epilepsy and epilepsy therapies, such as drug toxicity and side effects of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), seizures, enhancing cognitive function, issues for women (pregnancy, breast feeding, menopause), and managing anxiety and depression. The final part of the book focuses on quality of life and lifestyle modifications to reduce seizure risk, including techniques for stress reduction, sleep disturbances and aids to normalize, alcohol and recreational drugs, and environmental factors. Features of Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy Include: Evidence-based review of CAM therapies for epilepsy Problem-oriented, practical approach to integrating alternative treatments into traditional regimens for healthcare providers Written by distinguished epileptologists with broad clinical experience Addresses all aspects of health for persons with epilepsy (not just seizures) and offers practical suggestions for improving patient care and patient health

Why I Run

Author: Mark Sutcliffe
Publisher: eBookIt.com
ISBN: 9781456606169
Release Date: 2013-02-01
Genre: Health & Fitness

Entertaining and inspirational, Why I Run is the new book from the founder of iRun magazine, Mark Sutcliffe. Drawing on more than five years of writing about running in newspaper columns, magazine features and blog postings, the 13-time marathon runner chronicles a journey that begins with a guy looking for a bit of exercise and evolves into running as a way of life. At once analytical, self-deprecating, enthusiastic and inspiring, Why I Run provides a fresh and rousing perspective on the rapidly growing sport that has allowed thousands of individuals to overcome challenges and fulfill their dreams, literally one step at a time. In sharing his own experiences and those of other runners who have inspired him, Sutcliffe narrates his love affair with the sport. And in the many stories ranging from stumbling through his first trail run to tumbling at the finish line of a marathon to cheering his training partner to a qualifying time for the famed Boston Marathon, every runner will find both entertainment and motivation.

The Success Equation

Author: Michael J. Mauboussin
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
ISBN: 9781422184240
Release Date: 2012-10-16
Genre: Business & Economics

“Much of what we experience in life results from a combination of skill and luck.” — From the Introduction The trick, of course, is figuring out just how many of our successes (and failures) can be attributed to each—and how we can learn to tell the difference ahead of time. In most domains of life, skill and luck seem hopelessly entangled. Different levels of skill and varying degrees of good and bad luck are the realities that shape our lives—yet few of us are adept at accurately distinguishing between the two. Imagine what we could accomplish if we were able to tease out these two threads, examine them, and use the resulting knowledge to make better decisions. In this provocative book, Michael Mauboussin helps to untangle these intricate strands to offer the structure needed to analyze the relative importance of skill and luck. He offers concrete suggestions for making these insights work to your advantage. Once we understand the extent to which skill and luck contribute to our achievements, we can learn to deal with them in making decisions. The Success Equation helps us move toward this goal by: • Establishing a foundation so we better understand skill and luck, and can pinpoint where each is most relevant • Helping us develop the analytical tools necessary to understand skill and luck • Offering concrete suggestions about how to take these findings and put them to work Showcasing Mauboussin’s trademark wit, insight, and analytical genius, The Success Equation is a must-read for anyone seeking to make better decisions—in business and in life.

Feynman s Rainbow

Author: Leonard Mlodinow
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 9780307946492
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Science

Originally published: New York: Warner Books, 2003.

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness

Author: Amanda Ie
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118294918
Release Date: 2014-03-12
Genre: Psychology

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness brings together the latest multi-disciplinary research on mindfulness from a group of international scholars: Examines the origins and key theories of the two dominant Western approaches to mindfulness Compares, contrasts, and integrates insights from the social psychological and Eastern-derived perspectives Discusses the implications for mindfulness across a range of fields, including consciousness and cognition, education, creativity, leadership and organizational behavior, law, medical practice and therapy, well-being, and sports 2 Volumes

Financial Forensics Body of Knowledge

Author: Darrell D. Dorrell
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118218983
Release Date: 2012-02-02
Genre: Business & Economics

The definitive, must-have guide for the forensic accountingprofessional Financial Forensics Body of Knowledge is theunique, innovative, and definitive guide and technical referencework for the financial forensics and/or forensic accountingprofessional, including nearly 300 forensic tools, techniques,methods and methodologies apply to virtually all civil, criminaland dispute matters. Many of the tools have never before beenpublished. It defines the profession: "The Art & Science ofInvestigating People & Money." It defines Forensic Operators: "…financialforensics-capable personnel… possess unique andspecific skills, knowledge, experience, education, training,and integrity to function in the financial forensicsdiscipline." It defines why: "If you understand financial forensics youunderstand fraud, but not vice versa" by applying financialforensics to all aspects of the financial community. It contains a book-within-a-book Companion Sectionfor financial valuation and litigation specialists. It defines foundational financial forensics/forensic accountingmethodologies: FAIM, Forensic AccountingInvestigation Methodology, ICE/SCORE, CICO, APD, forensiclexicology, and others. It contains a Reader Lookup Table that permitseveryone in the financial community to immediately focus on thepertinent issues.

Plan B

Author: David Kord Murray
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439198384
Release Date: 2011-09-20
Genre: Business & Economics

Why has Facebook been so limber, evolving so successfully even after a number of stumbles, while Myspace stalled and lost ground? Why was Wal-Mart able to expand so successfully into new offerings, such as groceries, while H&R Block dramatically failed to expand into offering financial services? The answer, David Murray reveals, is that Facebook and Wal-Mart both started with business models that empowered them to effectively adapt their plans as they executed them. The failure of detailed strategic plans that have taken a great deal of time and money to develop is one of the worst problems in business, and it’s ever more urgent as the pace of change in business continues to accelerate. Murray, author of the acclaimed Wall Street Journal bestseller Borrowing Brilliance, argues that valiantly sticking to even a well-thought-out Plan A is the road to disaster. The greatest success comes to those who know how to construct and implement an adaptive Plan A that has within it the means of evolving into a superior Plan B by responding to problems confronted, discoveries made, changing market conditions, and the competition. Writing in a lively, engaging voice and using a series of specific examples drawn from companies including IBM, Intel, Facebook, American Express, and Kaiser Permanente, as well as from the art of war, including the Battle of Gettysburg and the D-Day invasion, and even from the space program, Murray presents powerful methods for constructing a plan that has the mechanisms for adaptation built in. Drawing on a wealth of research, he explains why we are fairly good at short-term predictions but why, in our ever more rapidly changing business world, even the best laid plans will eventually go astray. He then introduces the best techniques for creating an optimal original plan that takes into account our limited ability to predict, showing that vital to this process is that it be constructed so that we are alerted in time to make the right changes. In a brilliant discussion of strategy and tactics, he shows that the core of this adaptability is making sure that your strategy and tactics are well aligned with one another and that you have established the right metrics for measuring results. He then details precisely how to adapt throughout the execution process by constantly monitoring and assessing results, developing worst-case scenarios, and recognizing unanticipated opportunities. Plan B is an essential guide to harnessing the forces of change to achieve long-lasting success despite the most vexing challenges.

The Grand Design

Author: Stephen Hawking
Publisher: Bantam Dell Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780553805376
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Science

The best-selling author of A Brief History of Time presents a new study of the cosmos that will blow peoples' minds, presented in clear, concise language this is easy to understand.

Extreme Trust

Author: Don Peppers
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101561270
Release Date: 2012-04-26
Genre: Business & Economics

How companies can stay competitive in a world of total transparency. With their first book, 1993's The One-to-One Future, Don Peppers and Martha Rogers introduced the idea of managing interactive customer relationships, long before the Web and social networking made it standard business practice. With Extreme Trust, they look to the future once again, predicting that rising levels of transparency will require companies to protect the interests of their customers and employees proactively, even when it sometimes costs money in the short term. The importance of this "trustability" will transform every industry. Retail banks won't be able to rely as much on overdraft charges. Consumers will expect retailers to remind them when they have unused balances on gift cards. Credit card companies will coach customers to avoid excessive borrowing. Cell phone providers will help customers find appropriate calling plans for their usage patterns. Success won't come from top-down rules and processes, but from bottom-up solutions on the part of employees and customers themselves. And the most successful businesses will earn and keep the extreme trust of everyone they interact with