Cover of: The Wisdom of Crowds | James Surowiecki

The Wisdom of Crowds

Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations

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Published by Doubleday .
Written in English.

About the Book

In this fascinating book, New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea: Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant — better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

Surowiecki ranges across fields as diverse as popular culture, psychology, ant biology, behavioral economics, artificial intelligence, military history, and politics to show how this simple idea offers important lessons for how we live our lives, select our leaders, run our companies, and think about our world.

The story is told of the first observations of this effect, through to anecdotes of the effect in modern economics and psychology. The book not heavy on statistics, and has prompted much research since its publication.

The title is an allusion to the famous phrase, the "madness of crowds".

First Sentence

One day in the fall of 1906, the British scientist Francis Galton left his home in the town of Plymouth and headed for a country fair.

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OL7440777M
Internet Archive
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ISBN 10
0385503865
ISBN 13
9780385503860
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17697
Goodreads
236382
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