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Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less

Leidy Klotz


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Leidy Klotz

Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less


Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less” by Leidy Klotz introduces a unique perspective on problem-solving—one that centers around the concept of subtraction. In a world where we often focus on adding more to our lives and to-do lists, Klotz suggests that the act of subtracting can be a powerful strategy for improving both personal and professional aspects.

Within the pages of this book, readers are invited to explore the transformative potential of subtraction. By examining the notion of “stop-dos” alongside traditional to-do lists, Klotz presents readers with practical ways to integrate subtraction into their daily lives. This strategy can be applied to challenges of various scales, from the minor to the monumental.

Klotz’s insights encourage readers to consider the untapped potential of subtraction in achieving greater clarity, efficiency, and effectiveness. Whether applied to streamlining workflows, simplifying decision-making, or decluttering mental spaces, the concept of subtraction offers a fresh approach to addressing modern challenges.

Leidy Klotz, the author of this innovative work, brings a wealth of expertise to the table. As the Copenhaver Associate Professor at the University of Virginia and the founder of the university’s “Convergent Behavioral Science Initiative,” Klotz is well-versed in human behavior and decision-making. His extensive contributions to academic journals and media outlets, such as The Washington Post and The Globe and Mail, further showcase his commitment to sharing valuable insights with a wide audience.


  • Language: English
  • Published: April 13 2021
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • ISBN-10: 1250249864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250249869



About the author: Leidy Klotz is the Copenhaver Associate Professor at the University of Virginia. He founded the university’s “Convergent Behavioral Science Initiative”. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, including the top academic journals. He has also written for The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, and The Behavioral Scientist and more! You can learn more about the author here.


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