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Tipping Point

April 17, 2007

The other day I finished a book for the first time in months – “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s an interesting book, although for some reason the conclusion where Gladwell starts talking about ways to defeat teen smoking didn’t seem to really fit all that well. I understand that he’s setting out a way to apply some of the principles that he’s observed earlier in the book to a future problem, but…something about it didn’t work for me.

Beyond that minor note, I did quite enjoy the read. His discussions of principles like stickiness, the optimal sizes of groups (~150 people), etc gave me some food for thought as I look around the school where I work.

Now, all inspired, I’m beginning Freakonomics again. Apparently I’m on a non-fiction kick. At least until I decide that its time to re-read the Harry Potter series in anticipation of Book 7 coming out in July.

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