Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

Did Newton unweave the rainbow by reducing it to its prismatic colors, as Keats contended Did he, in other words, diminish beauty Far from it, says acclaimed scientist Richard Dawkins Newton s unweaving is the key to much of modern astronomy and to the breathtaking poetry of modern cosmology.

Truth or Truthiness: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction by Learning to Think Like a Data Scientist

Teacher tenure is a problem Teacher tenure is a solution Fracking is safe Fracking causes earthquakes Our kids are over tested Our kids are not tested enough We read claims like these in the newspaper every day, often with no justification other than it feels right How can we figure out

The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life

The Strunk White of statistics team up to help the average person navigate the numbers in the news Drawing on their hugely popular BBC Radio 4 show More or Less,, journalist Michael Blastland and internationally known economist Andrew Dilnot delight, amuse, and convert American mathphobes by

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on mathematical modeling a pervasive new force in society that threatens to undermine democracy and widen inequality We live in the age of the algorithm Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives where we go to school, whether we get a car loan,

Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists

Does the number of children gunned down double each year Does anorexia kill 150,000 young women annually Do white males account for only a sixth of new workers Startling statistics shape our thinking about social issues But all too often, these numbers are wrong This book is a lively guide to