Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success Author: Malcolm Gladwell Synopsis In this, probably his most important book, Malcolm Gladwell explores the key factors that predict success. The author identifies the distinguishing features of all highly successful people, the so-called outliers: ‘…geniuses, business tycoons, rock stars, and software programmers‘ who ‘do things that are out of the ordinary’ (page 17).… Read More Outliers: The Story of Success

Do No Harm

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery Author: Henry Marsh Synopsis This is perhaps the most brutally honest portrait of medicine one is likely to come across. It is written by a neurosurgeon who is unafraid to speak his mind, and who infuses every chapter with candour and disdain for convention. The… Read More Do No Harm

Surpassing Ourselves

Surpassing Ourselves: An Inquiry into the Nature and Implications of Expertise Authors: Carl Bereiter and Marlene Scardamalia   BOOK CONTENTS Why do some novices become ‘…experts in their line of work…’ when others go on to ‘…swell the ranks of incompetent out mediocre functionaries’? (page ix).  What factors ‘…foster continuing growth in competence’? (page ix),… Read More Surpassing Ourselves

Big Data

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think Authors: Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier   BOOK CONTENTS The capacity of modern technology to produce enormous amounts of information is growing. This book explores how this is transforming all facets of society, from healthcare to astronomy, from financial markets to social media.… Read More Big Data