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Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life Hardcover – 14 April 2020

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  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1541762592
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1541762596
  • Customer reviews:
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A wonderful book--a sort of vade mecum of critical thinking.--Barbara Oakley, co-creator of Learning How to Learn, the world's most popular online course

But reading this encouraging book is one small way to help counter a downward trend and enrich America's psyche. Today, America longs for people with this very can-do attitude. Varol's optimistic look at the past can become America's present and future.--The Epoch Times

I love Ozan Varol. He's a brilliant mind, a warm and kind heart, and the exact type of spirit we need putting resilient vibes into the world right now.--Neil Pasricha, New York Times-bestselling author of Book of Awesome

If you looked up the word 'polymath' in the dictionary, you may see a picture of Ozan Varol.--Nir Eyal, Bestselling author of Hooked and Indistractable

In this new book, Ozan Varol provides a toolkit for making better decisions (and 'giant leaps'!) even in the midst of a turbulent environment. After reading it, you might be inspired to take your own moonshot.--Chris Guillebeau, New York Times-bestselling author of The $100 Startup

Ozan Varol is like Nassim Taleb meets Daniel Kahneman.--Clara Shih, Board Member of Starbucks; CEO of Hearsay Social

Ozan Varol is one of my favorite thinkers on thinking. If you liked Smartcuts or are a fan of Farnam Street, you'll LOVE Think Like A Rocket Scientist. The fun stories and clarity of writing makes this manual on thinking bigger and better a pleasure to read--and I dare say it'll change your mind.--Shane Snow, Bestselling author of Smartcuts and Dream Teams

Perfectly captures the spirit of being 'responsibly irresponsible, ' an essential trait for moonshot takers the world over.--Obi Felten, X, the moonshot factory (formerly known as Google X)

Smart and witty, Varol's masterful analysis explains complicated scientific principles and connects them to ordinary life for a mainstream audience.--Publishers Weekly

The rocket scientists I know are technical, of course. But they are also among the biggest dreamers the world has ever seen. Ozan Varol has written a fascinating, practical, and mind-expanding book about how we can all benefit from thinking like a rocket scientist. This book will make you look at the world with a different lens and will help you make your own seemingly crazy moonshot a reality.
--Julian Guthrie, New York Times-bestselling author of How to Make a Spaceship, The Billionaire and the Mechanic, and Alpha Girls

About the Author

Ozan Varol is a rocket scientist turned award-winning professor and bestselling author. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Ozan moved to the United States by himself at 17 to attend Cornell University and major in astrophysics. While there, he served on the operations team for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers project that sent two rovers to Mars.
Ozan then pivoted and became a law professor to influence others to make giant leaps on Earth. His work has been featured in various domestic and foreign media, including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, BBC, TIME, CNN, and the Washington Post. You can follow him at ozanvarol.com.


  • The single principle Elon Musk used to revolutionize the aerospace industry (and how you can use the same principle to transform your life)
  • An unstoppable astronaut training strategy that you can use to nail your next presentation or product launch
  • How invisible rules constrain your thinking (and what to do about it)
  • The one word you can use to boost your creativity
  • What George Costanza and rocket scientists have in common, and what you can learn from both in starting your next project
  • What you should do first in tackling an audacious goal (and what you should NEVER do when tackling an audacious goal)
  • What Einstein’s biggest blunder can teach you about how to launch your next project
  • The fascinating story of the billion-dollar author and her eight-year-old secret weapon
  • Why doing “nothing” is more valuable than you think
  • and much more

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