Analytics Press Releases New Book: Turning Numbers into Knowledge


Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Analytics Press today announced the release of the second edition of ‘Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving’, written by award-winning scientist, Jonathan Koomey, PhD. Turning Numbers Into Knowledge teaches readers how to analyze and present technical data so that those results are most useful for making business decisions.

John Holdren, Past President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at Harvard University, writes in the book’s forward, “There is nothing else like this book out there. Nobody who deals with problems where numbers matter – and everybody in today’s world really needs to – should be without it.”

Erik Brynjolfsson, Professor at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said, “As information becomes ever cheaper, Dr. Koomey’s book become ever more valuable.”

And the magazine Skeptical Inquirer called the first edition of ‘Turning Numbers into Knowledge’, “A lively, well-written, attractively packaged book on the art of critical thinking.”

‘Turning Numbers Into Knowledge’ is geared toward analysts and managers who need to effectively generate evaluate, understand and communicate quantitative information. Managers at institutions like Dupont, IBM, and the Global Business Network have used the first edition of ‘Turning Numbers Into Knowledge’ as a manual to train new analysts on tricks of the trade that aren’t often taught in undergraduate or graduate classes. Students have used the book to hone their analytical skills, and journalists have used the book to better understand how the media can more effectively interact with scientists.

“Quantitative skills are essential to business success,” Dr. Koomey explains. “As the problems facing the business world become ever more complex, becoming a better problem solver can help people make sense of it all.”

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‘Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving’ By Jonathan Koomey, PhD $34.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback, 247 pages ISBN-13: 9780970601919 (hardcover) ISBN-13: 9780970601926 (paperback) Library of Congress Control Number 2008901124 Publication Date (2nd Edition): April 28, 2008

Some of the book’s chapters can be freely downloaded in PDF format, as described below. The front matter includes the table of contents, the foreword, and the preface (which contains an annotated chapter list): Chapter 4 describes the importance of peer review to the scientific process: Chapter 11 defines “critical thinking” and describes how that process can improve analytical work: Chapter 28 describes the uses and limitations of models, both simple and complex: About Jonathan Koomey, PhD Dr. Jonathan Koomey is a project scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Consulting Professor at Stanford University. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley, and an A.B. in History of Science from Harvard University. His academic work, summarized in eight books and more than 150 articles and reports, spans engineering, economics, public policy, and environmental science. He has also published extensively on critical thinking skills, and has given plenary lectures throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, The Financial Times, the Washington Post, Science, Science News, American Scientist, Dow Jones News Wires, and the Christian Science Monitor, and has appeared on Nova/Frontline, BBC radio, CNBC, All Things Considered, Marketplace, On the Media, Tech Nation, and the California Report, among others.

Interviews, plenary lectures, and training workshops with Dr. Koomey may be arranged via phone: 510-547-7860, email: numbers @, or by visiting Dr. Koomey’s website

About Analytics Press Analytics Press, a member of the Publishers Marketing Association, teaches critical thinking skills by publishing books, course materials and software and by organizing seminars and workshops.

Also from Analytics Press: ‘Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten’ By Stephen Few $45 hardcover, 265 pages ISBN 0-9706019-9-9, Publication Date (1st printing): September 2004.


Jonathan Koomey
Analytics Press