A Perfect Mess
The Hidden Benefits of Disorder : How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-fly Planning Make the World A Better PlaceDownloadable Audiobook - 2007
A groundbreaking book that sheds new light on ideas of order - and shows how chaos, disorder, and mess make our world a better place! Like Freakonomics, here is a book that combines counterintuitive thinking with stories from everyday life to provide a striking new view of how our world works. Ever since Einstein's study of Brownian Motion, scientists have understood that a little disorder actually makes systems more effective. But most people still shun disorder - or suffer guilt over the mess they can't avoid. No longer! With a spectacular array of anecdotes and case studies of the useful role mess can play, here is an antidote to the accepted wisdom that tight schedules, neatness, and consistency are the keys to success. Drawing on examples from business, parenting, cooking, the war on terrorism, retail, and even the meteoric career of Arnold Schwarzenegger, coauthors Abrahamson and Freedman demonstrate that moderately messy systems use resources more efficiently, yield better solutions, and are harder to break than neat ones.
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2007
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file)