By Gordon Rugg, Joseph D'Agnese
The Voynich Manuscript has been thought of to be the world's such a lot mysterious e-book. packed with unusual illustrations and an unknown language, it challenged the world's best code-crackers for almost a century.
But in exactly four-and-a-half months, Dr. Gordon Rugg, a popular researcher, came upon proof (which have been there all alongside) that the e-book can be a substantial, glittering hoax.
In Blind Spot: Why We fail to spot the answer correct in entrance of Us, Dr. Rugg stocks his tale and exhibits how his toolkit of problem-solving techniques—such as his Verifier Method—can shop the day, relatively in these instances whilst the specialists in your group have all of the information in entrance of them yet are nonetheless unaccountably at an impasse.
In the culture of Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Ariely, Dr. Rugg, a emerging megastar in computing device technological know-how, demanding situations us to think again the way in which we predict, and offers new instruments to resolve difficulties and crack codes in our personal lives.
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