Book Review

The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date, by Samuel Arbesman

According to the book itself, “This book is a guide to the startling notion that our knowledge—even what each of us has in our head—changes in understandable and systematic ways.” Written by Samuel Arbesman, The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date is about enabling the reader with an understanding of how facts change, because if we have an understanding of how they change, we can better cope with the world around us. Continue reading “Book Review”

Book Review

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, by Mary Norris

I will admit that I began reading Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen expecting a sort of grammar textbook, but that’s not the case at all. Although I would highly suggest having an interest in grammar before reading this book, it would be worth reading just because it is refreshing. It was wonderful to be able to experience grammar in such an entertaining way. Mary Norris adopted a writing style that is witty and mischievous. Her sense of humor was displayed immediately, just from the table of contents: Continue reading “Book Review”

Book Review: Just Listen

Author: Mark Goulston

Review by: Sharon McDonnell

Published: AMACOM, New York, NY; 2011; 221 pages [Source: this was one of the books given away at STC’s Summit 2015 in Columbus, OH]just-listen-small

Mark Goulston is a psychiatrist, business advisor and coach, and a speaker. He presents techniques in the book that he has used through the years in his practice, in hostage negotiations, in a home with teenagers, or when advising businesses.

I always look at the synopsis and reviews in a book before deciding to buy/read it. I usually also look at the table of contents to see if the topics are of interest. Continue reading “Book Review: Just Listen”

Book Review: 100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People

Book cover of 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
Book cover of 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

Author: Susan M. Weinschenk, Ph.D. Published: New Riders Berkeley, CA. April 2011. 256 pages.
[Source: This book was received as a prize at the World Usability Day 2013 meeting in Detroit.]

Adapted from reviews on Amazon.com with comments added by Sharon McDonnell

This appealing, short book brings together little nuggets of psychology, which the author makes immediately relevant to design decisions. The strength of this book is that the author cites more recent research about principles that you either thought you knew and were wrong, or that you thought you knew and were indeed right. Continue reading “Book Review: 100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People”