The Wisdom of Crowds

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 16, 2005 - Business & Economics - 336 pages

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.


With boundless erudition and in delightfully clear prose, 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 Wisdom of Crowds
Waggle Dances the Bay
Imitation Information Cascades
The CIA Linux and the Art
Coordination in a Complex World
Taxes Tipping Television and Trust
What We Have Here Is a Failure to Coordinate
Collaboration Competition and Reputation

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James Surowiecki is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he writes the popular business column, “The Financial Page.” His work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Artforum, Wired, and Slate. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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