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Think you know a good idea when you see one? Think again.

‘Clever and entertaining.’ Sunday Times
‘Elegantly written and full of surprises.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Always entertaining and often eye-opening.’ Financial Times


Old ideas that were mocked or ignored for centuries are now storming back to the cutting edge of research and informing the way we lead our lives. In Rethink, Steven Poole explains why today’s chess grandmasters, quantum physicists and psychologists are mining the last 2,000 years of history for answers to the problems of the present. He explores how long-neglected thinkers could transform our everyday lives: from improving the way boardrooms operate, to inspiring grand projects for social and political change. And above all, he shows that by rethinking discarded ideas we can each gain a better understanding of the world – and perhaps be better equipped to change it.
‘A whirlwind of discovery … Among the greatest compliments you can give a book is that it helps you to see things differently.’ Guardian
‘When it comes to describing a complex idea clearly, Poole is one of the best writers around.’ Sunday Times
‘Fascinating … Poole confirms his standing as one of our liveliest and most thought-provoking writers on science and technology.’ Spectator

Reviews

Entertaining and important … Elegantly written and full of surprises

Daily Telegraph

Clever and entertaining … when it comes to describing a complex idea clearly, Poole is one of the best writers around.

Sunday Times

Always entertaining and often eye-opening

Financial Times

Fascinating … Poole confirms his standing as one of our liveliest and most thought-provoking writers on science and technology.

Spectator

Steven Poole’s book is full of fascinating stories … It’s a treasure trove for people who like to begin stories with “Did you know that…?”

The Times

It is testament to the author’s narrative skill that this whirlwind of discovery doesn’t end up in a pile of papers scattered across the floor … Among the greatest compliments you can give a book is that it helps you to see things differently.

Guardian

For those interested in influencing change, whether in business, science or culture, Poole’s perspective is an invitation to reexamine the discarded or discredited as part of today’s – and tomorrow’s – creative mix.

J. P. Morgan Summer Reading List

Rethink is a book that both informs and makes the reader think and rethink (and occasionally argue with the author). It’s even fun . . . I consider that a winning combination.

ValueWalk

[A] fascinating compendium of new ideas that aren't new at all

New Statesman

Shows what we can learn by considering obsolete ideas from a new perspective

Guardian Science Podcast

Poole has enlightening things to say

Times Literary Supplement

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781847947581

    May 29, 2017

    Random House Books

    320 pages

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    9781473519152

    June 30, 2016

    Cornerstone Digital

    320 pages

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