Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fung, Numbers Rule Your World

Today’s post is not a review since Kaiser Fung’s book is peripheral to the theme of this blog. But I thought I’d call my readers attention to it; it belongs to the genre carved out by Malcolm Gladwell and the Freakonomics duo. By the way, “Freakonomics: The Movie” is being released this fall; the trailer is on YouTube.

Numbers Rule Your World: The Hidden Influence of Probability and Statistics on Everything You Do (McGraw-Hill, 2010) is perfect late summer reading for anyone even vaguely interested in statistical thinking—or traffic congestion, or credit scores, or SAT questions. Or state lottery fraud, or lie detector tests, or food recalls. Fung, a professional statistician, also blogs at Junk Charts and Numbers Rule Your World.

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