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    When was the last time you read a grand statement, accompanied by a large number and wondered whether it could really be true? Statistics are vital in helping us tell stories - we see them in the papers, on social media and we hear them used in everyday conversation - and yet we doubt them more than ever.

    But numbers - in the right hands - have the power to change the world for the better. Contrary to popular belief, good statistics are not a trick, although they are a kind of magic. Good statistics are not smoke and mirrors; in fact, they help us see more clearly. Good statistics are like a telescope for an astronomer, a microscope for a bacteriologist or an X-ray for a radiologist. If we are willing to let them, good statistics help us see things about the world around us and about ourselves - both large and small ­- that we would not be able to see in any other way.

    In How to Make the World Add Up, Tim Harford draws on his experience as both an economist and presenter of the BBC's radio show More or Less. He takes us deep into the world of disinformation and obfuscation, bad research and misplaced motivation to find those priceless jewels of data and analysis that make communicating with numbers worthwhile. Harford's characters range from the art forger who conned the Nazis to the stripper who fell in love with the most powerful congressman in Washington, to famous data detectives such as John Maynard Keynes, Daniel Kahneman and Florence Nightingale. He reveals how we can evaluate the claims that surround us with confidence, curiosity and a healthy level of scepticism.

    Using 10 simple rules for understanding numbers - plus one golden rule - this extraordinarily insightful book shows how if we keep our wits about us, thinking carefully about the way numbers are sourced and presented, we can look around us and see with crystal clarity how the world adds up. 

    (Published in the US as The Data Detective.)

    ©2020 Tim Harford (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

    Kritikerstimmen

    "If you aren't in love with stats before reading this book, you will be by the time you're done. Powerful, persuasive, and in these truth-defying times, indispensable." (Caroline Criado Perez, author of Invisible Women)

    "...lucid, witty and authoritative.... Every politician and journalist should be made to [listen to] this book, but everyone else will get so much pleasure and draw so much strength from the joyful way it dispels the clouds of deceit and delusion." (Stephen Fry)

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    The audiobook fulfilled expectations: Good content, excellent narration. Will buy more titles by the same author.

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    For Fans of Cautionary Tales

    As a huge fan of everything part of Pushkin Industries and as an avid listener of Tim Harford's podcast called Cautionary Tales I can recommend this audio book. There was maybe a little more overlap than I expected, but in my opinion you can't listen often enough to all the mistakes and biases we humans tend to relating to statistics and learn from it.

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    This has opened my mind to the interesting inner workings and purposes of statistics, studies and their use in the press and politics.

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    Very informative!

    I enjoyed the book a lot. The author really keeps the promise given by the title by providing helpful rules of thumb on how to deal with complex issues.
    Awesome speaking voice, also!

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    Recommending this to everyone I know

    Funny, engaging, educational - Harford follows all the guidelines for good storytelling that he himself summarizes in the last chapter. Each of his "commandments" is illustrated with anecdotes from Florence Nightingale to Donald Trump. The writing is witty and well structured and the performance is perfect, but of course he does work in radio. Overall a great primer for critical thinking.