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In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing

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What made the Sopranos finale one of the most-talked-about events in television history?

Why is sudoku so addictive and the iPhone so irresistible?

What do Jackson Pollock and Lance Armstrong have in common with theoretical physicists and Buddhist monks?

Elegance.

In this thought-provoking exploration of why certain events, products, and people capture our attention and imaginations, Matthew E. May examines the elusive element behind so many innovative breakthroughs in fields ranging from physics and marketing to design and popular culture. Combining unusual simplicity and surprising power, elegance is characterized by four key elements—seduction, subtraction, symmetry, and sustainability. In a compelling, story-driven narrative that sheds light on the need for elegance in design, engineering, art, urban planning, sports, and work, May offers surprising evidence that what’s “not there” often trumps what is.

In the bestselling tradition of The Tipping Point, Made to Stick, and The Black Swan, In Pursuit of Elegance will change the way you think about the world.

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A fresh, compulsively readable narrative of the elusive element behind so many innovative breakthroughs, in fields ranging from physics and marketing to design and popular culture.

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MATTHEW E. MAY is the author of the critically acclaimed The Elegant Solution, which won the Shingo Research Prize for Excellence. A popular speaker, he lectures to corporations, governments, and universities around the world, and works confidentially with creative teams and senior leaders at a number of top Fortune-listed companies. He spent nearly a decade as a close adviser to Toyota, and his articles have appeared in national publications such as USA Today, Strategy+Business, and Quality Progress. He has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio. A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, he lives in Southern California.

Table of Contents

The missing piece — Elements of elegance — Desperately seeking symmetry — Seduced by nothing — Laws of subtraction — On sustainable solutions — Elegance in mind.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385530354
Subtitle:
Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Foreword:
Kawasaki, Guy
Creator:
Matthew E. May
Author:
May, Matthew E.
Author:
Matthew E. May
Subject:
Business & Economics : General
Subject:
Creative Ability
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
General
Subject:
Development - Business Development
Subject:
Decision Making & Problem Solving
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Audio Books-Sociology
Subject:
Business - General
Subject:
Business;Marketing
Subject:
BUSINESS STRATEGY
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090519
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
216

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"Synopsis" by , A fresh, compulsively readable narrative of the elusive element behind so many innovative breakthroughs, in fields ranging from physics and marketing to design and popular culture.
"Synopsis" by , MATTHEW E. MAY is the author of the critically acclaimed The Elegant Solution, which won the Shingo Research Prize for Excellence. A popular speaker, he lectures to corporations, governments, and universities around the world, and works confidentially with creative teams and senior leaders at a number of top Fortune-listed companies. He spent nearly a decade as a close adviser to Toyota, and his articles have appeared in national publications such as USA Today, Strategy+Business, and Quality Progress. He has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio. A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, he lives in Southern California.
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