The Numbers Game

The Numbers Game

The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life

Book - 2010
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Penguin Putnam
The Strunk and White of statistics team up to help the average person navigate the numbers in the news

Drawing on their hugely popular BBC Radio 4 show More or Less, journalist Michael Blastland and internationally known economist Andrew Dilnot delight, amuse, and convert American mathphobes by showing how our everyday experiences make sense of numbers.

The radical premise of The Numbers Game is to show how much we already know and give practical ways to use our knowledge to become cannier consumers of the media. If you've ever wondered what "average" really means, whether the scare stories about cancer risk should convince you to change your behavior, or whether a story you read in the paper is biased (and how), you need this book. Blastland and Dilnot show how to survive and thrive on the torrent of numbers that pours through everyday life.

Random House, Inc.
The Strunk and White of statistics team up to help the average person navigate the numbers in the news

Drawing on their hugely popular BBC Radio 4 show More or Less, journalist Michael Blastland and internationally known economist Andrew Dilnot delight, amuse, and convert American mathphobes by showing how our everyday experiences make sense of numbers.

The radical premise of The Numbers Game is to show how much we already know and give practical ways to use our knowledge to become cannier consumers of the media. If you've ever wondered what "average" really means, whether the scare stories about cancer risk should convince you to change your behavior, or whether a story you read in the paper is biased (and how), you need this book. Blastland and Dilnot show how to survive and thrive on the torrent of numbers that pours through everyday life.

Baker & Taylor
The team from BBC Radio's More or Less demonstrates how to better understand the world and make more responsible consumer choices using accessible mathematical principles, in a lighthearted guide that redefines the concepts of averages, risks, and statistics. 30,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Explains how to better understand the world and make more responsible consumer choices using accessible mathematical principles, in a guide that redefines the concepts of averages, risks, and statistics.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, 2010
Edition: 1st paperback trade ed
ISBN: 9781592404858
1592404855
Characteristics: xiv, 210 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Dilnot, A. W.

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Jul 23, 2018

It would make for a significant improvement in the standard of public discourse if both media personnel and politicians were familiar with the concepts outlined in this book. The responses by UK politicians to some of the authors’ questionnaires are eye opening.

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