Come and tackle the tricky questions around data, knowledge and interpretation in our latest crop of books new to the library this month.

Factfulness by Hans Rosling

Duncan Swain, co-founder of data visualisation extraordinaires Beyond Words brings our attention to Factfulness by Professor of International Health, Hans Rosling. Why is our perception of the world so often so negative? Rosling—with the aid of his son and daughter-in-law—presents us with a different view of the ‘facts’ that make up our worldview and how, more often than not, we’re looking at them the wrong way.

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Eli Altman of naming agency A Hundred Monkeys recommends Deep Work by Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, Cal Newport. The modern workplace is a distracting place: from open plan offices to the constant buzz of emails and phones, in many ways it’s harder than ever to stay focussed. In this book, Newport outlines his method for achieving a productive and distraction-free mindset and routine for a better and more fulfilling work life.

Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger

Carrying on with our information theme, author David Weinberger puts forward the question: is there ever a ‘right’ way to categorise and look at data? How does the digital sphere change how we think about knowledge? Published in 2007 but still as relevant as ever, Weinberger asks us what information means in the digital world and how our approach to it must change to better understand it.

Great Minds Don’t Think Alike by Emily Gosling

Who drinks 50 coffees a day, or who obsessively takes notes? In her new book, regular columnist for Creative Review Emily Gosling offers up a survey of the working practices and routines of some of the world’s greatest creative thinkers. From Franz Kafka to David Lynch to Alfred Hitchcock, Gosling shows us where the method lies in all the madness.

The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker

Wasn't the twentieth century the most violent in history? From why cities make us safer to how books bring about peace, Pinker here weaves together history, philosophy and science to examine why we are less likely to die at another's hand than ever before, how it happened and what it tells us about our very natures. Recommended by Danny Miller, CEO of Human After All.

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

It’s probably safe to say Chris Voss knows a thing or two about making a deal, as former international hostage negotiator for the FBI. Here Voss outlines his nine practical principles that will let you take control of your emotional intelligence and get an upperhand in just about any debate, from buying a car to negotiating a better salary. Recommended by Henry Dunn, Grocery Account Manager at Propercorn.

When They Go Low, We Go High by Philip Collins

Recommended by founding partner of the Do Lectures Mark Shayler comes Philip Collins’ analysis of some of the most inspiring public speakers. Drawing on the speeches given by the likes of Elizabeth I, John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama, Collins presents us with a impassioned argument for the power of words as catalysts for change.

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