Friday Books and Talks 11/15/2013

Friday Books and Talks 11/15/2013

Here are some of the books and talks that I enjoyed this week, in no particular order.


The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand
by Lee LeFever

“You’ve done the hard work. Your product or service works beautifully – but something is missing. People just don’t see the big idea – and it’s keeping you from being successful. Your idea has an explanation problem.”

“The Art of Explanation is for business people, educators and influencers who want to improve their explanation skills and start solving explanation problems.”

“Author Lee LeFever is the founder of Common Craft, a company known around the world for making complex ideas easy to understand through short animated videos. He is your guide to helping audiences fall in love with your ideas, products or services through better explanations in any medium.”
TED: The magic of Fibonacci numbers
By Arthur Benjamin

“Math is logical, functional and just … awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!). Using daring displays of algorithmic trickery, lightning calculator and number wizard Arthur Benjamin mesmerizes audiences with mathematical mystery and beauty.”


TED: Life in the “digital now”
By Abha Dawesar

“One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. As a novelist, she was struck by this metaphor: Have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect, while we miss out on what’s real?”

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