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Infosense : turning information into knowledge
Devlin, Keith J.
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New York : W.H. Freeman, [1999]

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x, 215 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Q360 .D47 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A guide to managing information in a commercial environment demonstrates a systems approach to minimizing misunderstandings and maximizing the utilization of knowledge.

Author Notes

Born in England in 1947 and living in America since 1987, Keith Devlin has written more than 20 books and numerous research articles on various elements of mathematics. From 1983 to 1989, he wrote a column on for the Manchester (England) Guardian. The collected columns are published in All the Math That's Fit to Print (1994) and cover a wide range of topics from calculating travel expenses to calculating pi. His book Logic and Information (1991) is an introduction to situation theory and situation semantics for mathematicians.

Co-author of the PBS Nova episode "A Mathematical Mystery Tour," he is also the author of Devlin's Angle, a column on the Mathematical Association of America's electronic journal.

Devlin lives in California, where he is dean of the school of science at Saint Mary's College in Morgana. He is currently studying the use of mathematics to analyze communication and information flow in the workplace.

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Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Prologue: From Innocence to InfoSensep. 1
Chapter 1 The Grin of the Cheshire Catp. 9
Chapter 2 Getting Down to Businessp. 19
Chapter 3 No Information Without Representationp. 27
Chapter 4 The Dinosaur's Eggp. 37
Chapter 5 Into the Valley of Deathp. 47
Chapter 6 Acting with Constraintp. 57
Chapter 7 The View from Abovep. 69
Chapter 8 Building Wallsp. 81
Chapter 9 The Hidden Rules of Everyday Conversationp. 93
Chapter 10 The Art of Successful Conversationp. 103
Chapter 11 Three's a Crowd (Maybe)p. 111
Chapter 12 Going Round in Circlesp. 121
Chapter 13 Lambs to the Slaughterp. 127
Chapter 14 A Fine Powerp. 135
Chapter 15 Culture at Workp. 141
Chapter 16 Forever on Your Mindp. 149
Chapter 17 In the Knowledge Game, People Beat Computersp. 159
Chapter 18 Where Can I Find Out About That?p. 165
Chapter 19 The Boston Beer Party and Other Talesp. 175
Chapter 20 Becoming an Expertp. 185
Chapter 21 Why Expertise Cannot Be Taughtp. 193
Chapter 22 The 5-Percent Solutionp. 199
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 215