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How to Read Numbers


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Tom Chivers is a science writer and author. He was awarded the Royal Statistical Society 'statistical excellence in journalism' award in 2018, and was highly commended for the same prize in 2017; he has also been shortlisted for the Association of British Science Writers award and a British Journalism Award in science writing, and won the American Psychological Society media award, all in 2017. His first book, The AI Does Not Hate You: Superintelligence, Rationality and the Race to Save the World, was declared one of The Times' science books of 2019. David Chivers is an assistant professor of economics at Durham University. Before this post he was a lecturer at the University of Oxford and completed his PhD at the University of Manchester, funded by the ESRC. He has published in academic journals such as Review of Economic Dynamics, Economic Theory and Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation. His research interests involve topics relating to inequality, growth and development.


A charming, practical and insightful guide. You might not even notice how much you're learning - you'll be too busy having fun -- TIM HARFORD, author of HOW TO MAKE THE WORLD ADD UP
A vital plea to take statistics more seriously - the prose being as clear and elegant as the numbers -- SATHNAM SANGHERA
Reading this book is strongly correlated with not looking stupid. Highly recommended -- HELEN LEWIS, author of Difficult Women
An excellent guide to everyday statistics . . . the authors do a splendid job of stringing words together so smartly that even difficult concepts are explained and so understood with ease. [A] timely and lively book -- Manjit Kumar * THE TIMES *
Wonderfully written - incredibly readable. It should be made compulsory reading for everyone before they leave school -- EVAN DAVIS
An erudite, enlightening guide to the numbers we read in the news - and why they are so often wrong. The authors make sense of dense material and offer engrossing insights into sampling bias, statistical significance and the dangers of believing the casual language used in newspapers * INDEPENDENT *
[A] fascinating, easy-to-read explanation of how to interpret numbers in the news . . . their enlightening book provides us with the tools to spot when we're being led astray -- Nick Rennison * DAILY MAIL *
A great combination of important and accessible -- MISHAL HUSAIN
Fascinating, easy-to-read explanation of how to interpret numbers in the news . . .Their enlightening book provides us with the tools to spot when we're being led astray * THE DAILY MAIL *
This timely and lively book will help you to decode these numbers and spot those damned lies. * THE TIMES *

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