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How to Make the World Add Up: Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers Paperback – 6 May 2021

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Nobody makes the statistics of everyday life more fascinating and enjoyable than Tim Harford -- Bill Bryson

How often do you read a blurb that says 'this book is so timely' or 'now more than ever we need a book like this'? But I promise you, by all that I hold sacred, this has never been truer of any book than it is of HOW TO MAKE THE WORLD ADD UP. We are supremely lucky to have the fabulously readable, lucid, witty and authoritative Tim Harford to remind us why facts, reason, numbers, clarity and truth matter, how beautiful they are and how crucial to our understanding of the natural world and human society. Without the kind of purity and honesty of approach that he stands for the world is doomed. Every politician and journalist should be made to read 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

He's a genius at telling stories that illuminate our world -- Malcolm Gladwell

An immensely enjoyable guide to using statistics wisely. I loved it -- Matt Parker, author of HUMBLE PI

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

We live in a world that is awash with statistics, but what should we do when someone makes a claim that they say is based on data? This wise book, distilled from years of experience, gives us the ten commandments, from first examining our feelings, to finally having the humility to admit we may be wrong. Priceless -- Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter

Tim Harford is one of the finest writers of nonfiction. This is another brilliant read: wise, humane and, above all, illuminating. Nobody is better on statistics and numbers - and how to make sense of them -- Matthew Syed, author of REBEL IDEAS

Few people write about social science with the clarity and wit of Tim Harford. If you're staggered by statistics or daunted by data, this entertaining romp of a book is essential reading -- Daniel H. Pink ― author of WHEN and DRIVE

Thanks to Tim Harford's characteristic wit and magnetic storytelling, you may not realise you're getting an advanced course in how to understand the kind of statistics we're all faced with everyday. HOW TO MAKE THE WORLD ADD UP is certainly a fun book to read, but it's also a genuinely important one -- David Epstein ― author of RANGE

In a world where we are worried about misinformation, Harford gives us a brilliant guide which teaches us how to be sceptical without being cynical, and to see that statistics are not scary, but a rare treasure that help us understand our society -- Professor Hetan Shah, chief executive of the British Academy

Wise and useful ... such a delight ― Financial Times

Tim Harford is one of my favourite writers in the world. His storytelling is gripping but never overdone, his intellectual honesty is rare and inspiring, and his ability to make complex things simple - but not simplistic - is exceptional. How to Make the World Add Up is another one of his gems. If you're looking for an addictive pageturner that will make you smarter, this is your book -- Rutger Bregman, author of Humankind

About the Author

Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times and the presenter of Radio 4's More or Less. He was the winner of the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006, and More or Less was commended for excellence in journalism by the Royal Statistical Society in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Harford lives in Oxford with his wife and three children, and is a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. His other books include The Undercover Economist, The Logic of Life and Adapt.
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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0349143862
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0349143866
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