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The Wisdom of Crowds

Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few

By James Surowiecki
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The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few by James Surowiecki

The Wisdom of Crowds explores why, and under which circumstances, groups of people can come up with better solutions to problems than any one person – even if that person is an expert. By analyzing the way individuals and groups make decisions, the book gets to the bottom of the wisdom of crowds, and shows how this wisdom can be used to make reliable decisions.

  • Anyone who wants to know why a group of people can be wiser than individual experts
  • Anyone who wants to know which circumstances make groups’ decisions even more effective
  • Anyone who wants to know why working in groups makes sense in many situations

James Surowiecki is an American journalist. He writes a column on financial matters for The New Yorker, and has published articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

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