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Richard Larson's acclaimed new book - Model Thinking for Everyday Life - now available

  • 1.  Richard Larson's acclaimed new book - Model Thinking for Everyday Life - now available

    Posted 08-08-2023 16:33

    INFORMS is delighted to announce the publication of Richard Larson's acclaimed new book, Model Thinking for Everyday Life – How to Make Smarter Decisions

    "Filled with surprising insights about the hazards, ordeals, and pleasures of everyday life-revelations that seem perfectly intuitive after Larson has explained them." - Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters

    Every day we're faced with decisions, both simple and complex. And all too often we seek "the answer" on Google, learning nothing from the process and locked in our own little information bubble. 

    Model Thinking for Everyday Life bursts that bubble, asking us to undertake a major mind shift in our everyday thinking. The answer to many of our problems lies not in the answer itself but in the process that leads us there. Model thinking develops our critical thinking skills, using a framework of conceptual and mathematical concepts to help guide us to where we want to go – to full comprehension, and better decisions. 

    Richard Larson's accessible and innovative approach to model thinking sets you on the way to being a Class A model thinker:

    • Active learning with pencil and paper (no computer!) requires readers to immerse themselves fully in puzzles and paradoxes drawn from science and the everyday
    • No heavy math - complex technical issues are addressed in a simple, entertaining way
    • See the world around you in terms of models, learning something new every day.

    A core companion for all STEM students, from high school to post-graduate level and in research laboratories, Model Thinking for Everyday Life is also an absorbing and rewarding book for anyone with an inquiring mind.

    "Larson's book hits the mark. In our current climate of misinformation, we all need to think more clearly and think more for ourselves." - Anthony Rao, Ph.D., author of The Power of Agency: The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions, and Create a Life on Your Own

    Model Thinking for Everyday Life is available at 

    Matthew Walls
    Director of Publications
    Catonsville MD