Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business by Jeff Howe

Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business I have to admit that my life experiences prior to reading this book led me to the bias that crowds almost always produce worse results than rational individuals acting independently. While that may still be true in (the frequent) cases where crowds suffer from conformity and "groupthink", this book made me reconsider my thinking about the value of crowds the rest of the time. Here is the common sense reason described in the book: Continue reading

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain While my primary passion is in health sciences (biology [cellular/molecular/physiology], chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, fitness, etc.), I have to admit that I have almost as much interest in the areas of economics and finance. I realize that to most people these are dry subjects, the study of which is best suited as a treatment for insomnia. Which is why the authors of Continue reading

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

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Book review of Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. When I first heard about this book, I went through my usual routine to access the book through my overdrive library account. I was delighted to find that the audio book was indeed available, except that I ended up being number 142 for ten copies. Ugh, a long wait indeed. I got impatient, because I was really looking forward to reading this book. Continue reading

Book Review – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks What a surprisingly fascinating read. I say surprisingly because I really wasn't looking forward to reading the book. Well, sort of… let me clarify: I was searching through audio-books at my local library, in hopes of finding more good books to listen to during my travels. I saw this one by chance, and it caught my attention Continue reading