Summary of The Wisdom of Crowds
Copyright © 2004 by James Surowiecki
Published by arrangement with Currency Books/Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc.
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This well-written bestseller explores the apparent anomaly that crowds of nonexperts seem to be collectively smarter than individual experts or even small groups of experts. This basic insight is at the heart of contemporary financial investment theory, with its emphasis on the difficulty of outguessing the market. Beginning with British scientist Francis Galton’s remarkable discovery in 1906 that a crowd of nonexperts proved surprisingly competent at guessing the weight of an ox, financial columnist and author James Surowiecki skillfully recounts experiments, discoveries and anecdotes that demonstrate productive group thinking. The concept does not come as news to anyone reasonably well read in modern financial literature, but getAbstract recommends this comprehensive, fresh presentation.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why large groups of people seem to be better than experts when it comes to forecasts, valuation and other tasks;
- How scientists prove that crowds are wise; and
- Why it matters.
About the Author
James Surowiecki is a staff writer at The New Yorker, which publishes his popular business column, "The Financial Page."