The Norm Chronicles: Stories and numbers about danger

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Profile Books, 30 במאי 2013 - 328 עמודים
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Meet Norm. He's 31, 5'9", just over 13 stone, and works a 39 hour week. He likes a drink, doesn't do enough exercise and occasionally treats himself to a bar of chocolate (milk). He's a pretty average kind of guy. In fact, he is the average guy in this clever and unusual take on statistical risk, chance, and how these two factors affect our everyday choices. Watch as Norm (who, like all average specimens, feels himself to be uniquely special), and his friends careful Prudence and reckless Kelvin, turns to statistics to help him in life's endless series of choices - should I fly or take the train? Have a baby? Another drink? Or another sausage? Do a charity skydive or get a lift on a motorbike?

Because chance and risk aren't just about numbers - it's about what we believe, who we trust and how we feel about the world around us. From a world expert in risk and the bestselling author of The Tiger That Isn't (and creator of BBC Radio 4's More or Less), this is a commonsense (and wildly entertaining) guide to personal risk and decoding the statistics that represent it.

 

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LibraryThing Review

ביקורת משתמש  - pbjwelch - LibraryThing

This is a book about taking risks, and why we rate some risks as much more likely than others to occur despite statistical evidence that that may not necessarily be the case (they just stick better in ... קרא סקירה מלאה

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ביקורת משתמש  - atreic - LibraryThing

I find reading non fiction slow and heavy, but some of the facts in this book were amazing, and the over arching message of how we measure risk and how much it is skewed by other moral / judgemental ... קרא סקירה מלאה

תוכן

introduction
1
The beginning
12
infancy
20
Violence
31
Nothing
40
Accidents
52
Vaccination
63
Coincidence
72
Transport
158
Extreme Sports
174
Lifestyle
182
Health and Safety
194
Radiation
204
Space
213
Unemployment
225
Crime
234

Sex
82
Drugs
94
Big Risks
107
giving Birth
120
gambling
129
Average Risks
139
Chance
146
Surgery
247
Screening
260
The End
276
Notes
296
Acknowledgements
320
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מידע על המחבר (2013)

Michael Blastland is an author, journalist, and BBC Radio 4 broadcaster.He co-authored, with Andrew Dilnot, Profile's best-selling The Tiger that Isn't [9781861978394]. David Spiegelhalter OBE is Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He is a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and the Royal Society.

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