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Join the Popular Science Book Club

April 14, 2020
Alexandra Krogman
"When" by Daniel H. Pink

The Stanford Science and Engineering Libraries are happy to announce the Popular Science Book Club! This brand new, low-maintenance club welcomes students, staff, and faculty from all departments. Since we are just starting out, everyone is new!

This quarter, we will focus on "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing" by Daniel H. Pink and meet monthly to discuss the book in parts. We invite you to join our meetings when you can or to participate via our Stanford Slack channel (#popscibookclub in the Communities of Practice group).


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“When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfects Timing” book jacket description

Instant New York Times Bestseller

#1 Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller

Instant Washington Post Bestseller

"Brims with a surprising amount of insight and practical advice." --The Wall Street Journal

Daniel H. Pink unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home.  Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”, Pink shows that timing is really a science.

Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married? In “When”, Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating, readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.


We hope to see you on the 23rd!