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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The authors also spend some time on the history of risk analyses, on the notion of chance and on the inadequacy on information...Commendable for its wide compilation of facts and figures—but perhaps even more so for the authors’ “deep sense of uncertainties around data, statistics, and evidence.”Read Full Review of The Norm Chronicles: Stories ... | See more reviews from Kirkus
The whole is seasoned with a dash of humor to create a work that should satisfy anyone curious about just how and when this mortal coil might be shuffled off.Read Full Review of The Norm Chronicles: Stories ... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
Reading this book straight through is much like watching a Monty Python marathon: stimulating for a while, then increasingly exhausting. Chapter by chapter, though, it does an energetic and laudable job of stretching the mind.Read Full Review of The Norm Chronicles: Stories ... | See more reviews from NY Times
You can read this stuff in a prosecutorial tone of voice, if you like...But the authors take a different tack—a better one. They argue ably that mathematical computations should be a buttress to our judgment but concede that computations will never, and should never, replace our judgment entirely.Read Full Review of The Norm Chronicles: Stories ... | See more reviews from WSJ online
Witty and illuminating, The Norm Chronicles is essential reading for anyone wanting to know whether they should try skydiving, or accept that third glass of wine.Read Full Review of The Norm Chronicles: Stories ... | See more reviews from Financial Times
Messrs Blastland and Spiegelhalter wear their learning lightly. They never lapse into the smug tone that often accompanies books like these...Making the process enjoyable is a real achievement.Read Full Review of The Norm Chronicles: Stories ... | See more reviews from The Economist
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