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Data and Reality: A Timeless Perspective on Perceiving and Managing Information in Our Imprecise World, 3rd Edition by William Kent

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Preface to the Third Edition

By Steve Hoberman in 2012

Travel back with me to the year 1978.

The New York Yankees win the World Series, Montreal takes the Stanley Cup, Borg is the Wimbledon champion, and Argentina wins the World Cup. Annie Hall wins the Oscar for Best Picture, You Light Up My Life wins the Oscar for best song, and the record of the year is Hotel California by The Eagles. We can reminisce on fashion (and yes, I did own a pair of bell bottoms) and politics (Peanuts, anybody?), but instead, let's look at the world of technology in 1978.

1978 was a monumental year for technology. Sony introduced the world's first portable stereo, the Sony Walkman®. Your "coolness factor" in school was directly proportional to whether you had an original ...

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