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The Norm Chronicles Stories and numbers about danger by Michael Blastland, David Spiegelhalter

The Norm Chronicles Stories and numbers about danger

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Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter provide a fun and easy way to learn about statistics and risk, a good technique to know when media headlines are more fibs and gloss than truth. Using the fictional characters “Norm”, his friends careful Prudence and irresponsible Kelvin they show how to sort the sheep from the goats in a statistical sort of way.

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The Norm Chronicles Stories and numbers about danger by Michael Blastland, David Spiegelhalter

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.


Fascinating - Daily Mail

Helping people make sense of the barrage of confusing (and often misrepresented) statistics that riddle every day is a noble goal. - Economist

A fast-paced, whizz-bang style - The Times

About the Author

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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Publication date

1st June 2014


Michael Blastland, David Spiegelhalter

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336 pages


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