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By Jonathan G. Koomey, Ph.D.


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Table of Contents

FOREWORD PDF xiii
PREFACE html PDF xv
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xxii
INTRODUCTION. THE INFORMATION EXPLOSION html PDF 1
PART I. THINGS TO KNOW 3
1. Beginner’s Mind 5
2. Don’t Be Intimidated 7
3. Information, Intention, and Action 9
4. Peer Review and Scientific Discovery PDF 22
PART II. BE PREPARED 29
5. Explore Your Ideology 31
6. Get Organized 34
7. Establish a Filing System 38
8. Build a Toolbox 41
9. Put Facts at Your Fingertips 44
10. Value Your Time 52
PART III. ASSESS THEIR ANALYSIS 57
11. The Power of Critical Thinking PDF 59
12. Numbers Aren’t Everything 62
13. All Numbers Are Not Created Equal 65
14. Question Authority 68
15. How Guesses Become Facts 73
16. Don’t Believe Everything You Read 76
17. Go Back to the Questions 81
18. Reading Tables and Graphs 84
19. Distinguish Facts from Values 87
20. The Uncertainty Principle and the Mass Media 90
PART IV. CREATE YOUR ANALYSIS 93
21. Reflect 95
22. Get Unstuck 97
23. Inquire 99
24. Be a Detective 102
25. Create Consistent Comparisons 105
26. Tell a Good Story 107
27. Dig into the Numbers 111
28. Make a Model PDF 125
29. Reuse Old Envelopes 129
30. Use Forecasts with Care 136
31. Hear All Sides 143
PART V. SHOW YOUR STUFF 145
32. Know Your Audience 147
33. Document, Document, Document 149
34. Let the Tables and Graphs Do the Work 161
35. Create Compelling Graphs and Figures 166
36. Create Good Tables 177
37. Use Numbers Effectively in Oral Oresentations 186
38. Use the Internet 189
39. Share and Share Alike 201
CONCLUSION. CREATING THE FUTURE 209
EPILOGUE. SOME PARTING THOUGHTS 213
FURTHER READING 223
NOTES 241
INDEX 245