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

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Profile Books, 2008 - Mathematics - 226 pages
"Numbers have become the all-powerful language of public argument. Too often, that power is abused and the numbers bamboozle. This book shows how to see straight through them -- and how to seize the power for yourself."--Page 2 of cover.
 

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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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About the author (2008)

Michael Blastland was producer of More or Less and Analysis for BBC Radio 4. He is the author of JOE: The Only Boy in the World (Profile 2006), and lives in London.



Andrew Dilnot is Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford and former director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

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