Length: 336 pages
First Published: 2021
Today we think statistics are the enemy, numbers used to mislead and confuse us. That’s a mistake, Tim Harford says in The Data Detective. We shouldn’t be suspicious of statistics—we need to understand what they mean and how they can improve our lives: they are, at heart, human behavior seen through the prism of numbers and are often “the only way of grasping much of what is going on around us.” If we can toss aside our fears and learn to approach them clearly—understanding how our own preconceptions lead us astray—statistics can point to ways we can live better and work smarter.
About Tim Harford
Tim Harford is a columnist, broadcaster, and economist. He is the author of Messy, Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy, The Undercover Economist, and The Data Detective. he is also the host of the Cautionary Tales podcast. He currently lives in Oxford. Visit the author’s website →