The Tiger That Isn't: Seeing Through a World of Numbers

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Profile Books, 2008 - Mathematics - 226 pages
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Mathematics scares and depresses most of us, but politicians, journalists and everyone in power use numbers all the time to bamboozle us. Most maths is really simple - as easy as 2+2 in fact. Better still it can be understood without any jargon, any formulas - and in fact not even many numbers. Most of it is commonsense, and by using a few really simple principles one can quickly see when maths, statistics and numbers are being abused to play tricks - or create policies - which can waste millions of pounds. It is liberating to understand when numbers are telling the truth or being used to lie, whether it is health scares, the costs of government policies, the supposed risks of certain activities or the real burden of taxes.
 

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User Review  - Thruston - LibraryThing

An essential guide to numerate thinking and how the media allow politicians and ad-men to con us. It covers the same ground as the BBC Radio 4 programme "More or Less" that was created by the authors ... Read full review

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User Review  - reading_fox - LibraryThing

Preaching to the converted. Only those already interested in the manipulation of numbers especially in the media are likely to read this - and for those this is very much an entry level popular guide ... Read full review

Contents

Its Personal
17
The Tiger That Isnt
37
A Man and his Dog
52
The White Rainbow
68
The Whole Elephant
88
Bring Home the Bacon
107
Drinking from a Fire Hose
124
Know the Unknowns
147
Wayward Tee Shots
165
Think Twice
201
Acknowledgements
214
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Michael Blastland was born in Glasgow. A journalist all his professional life, he started on weekly newspapers before moving to the BBC where he makes current affairs programmes for Radio 4, such as Analysis, More or Less and the historical series Why Did We Do That? He lives in Hertfordshire, often with his daughter Cait, less often and less quietly with his son Joe, when he's at home.

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