Significance - the Royal Statistical Society’s bi-monthly popular magazine, which looks at every possible kind of interesting, topic and theme through the prism of statistics. This mag is really accessible, a fantastic read and everyone should be reading it NOW. There’s a free app to download during the International Year of Statistics ‘Statistics 2013′.
Whilst there’s not a constant flow of new books on Statistics – there’s no ‘Popular Statistics’ section in your local bookshop yet - there are enough great existing books and a steady flow of equally great new books on getstats‘ shelves to feed incipient interest. The following is a list of some of the staple ‘must-reads’ on any DIY statistical education course. Books which will inform and entertain and we hope, whet your appetite to read more around the wide-ranging uses of ”Statistics’ and data more generally.
The Tiger that isn’t (seeing through a world of numbers) by Andrew Dilnot and Michael Blastland
The Norm Chronicles: stories and numbers about danger by Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter
Naked Statistics: stripping the dread from data by Charles Whelan
The Drunkard’s Walk: how randomness rules our lives by Leonard Mlodinow
The Signal and the Noise: why so many predictions fail but others don’t by Nate Silverman
Statistics: a very short introduction by David J Hand
Information Generation: how data rule our world by David J Hand
The Lady Tasting Tea by David Salsberg
Super Crunchers: why thinking-by-numbers is the new way to be smart by Ian Ayres
Teaching Statistics: a bag of tricks by Andrew Gelman and Deborah Nolan
Statistical Literacy at School, Growth and Goals by Jane M Watson
Where books have just issued and been reviewed, we will cover and/or link to reviews.
Our first review is on ‘Naked Statistics: stripping the dread from the data’ by Professor Kevin McConway in the New Scientist
Sunday is Stats night on Radio 4….
”More or Less: Behind the Stats” is a ‘must-not-miss’ half-hour show at 1600 hrs Friday afternoons and repeated at 2000 hrs local time on Sundays which, as it says on the tin ‘investigates (and makes sense of the ) numbers in the news’ . How reliable are those figures? Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. BBC World Service broadcasts a short edition over the weekend.
“Moneybox” is another ‘don’t miss’ show hosted by journalist Paul Lewis. To really understand money and how to handle your finances you need to start thinking statistically. This programme is on Saturday live in the half hour slot just after midday with news and information about personal finance in the UK. It is repeated on Sunday evenings just after 2100 hrs local time.
TV PROGRAMMES AND VIDEOS
The Joy of Stats is now a stats classic and Professor Hans Rosling who says stats is not boring and then goes on to prove it, has become a stats superstar. You can still watch this in full via the Gapminder Foundation site and there are various clips on Youtube and on the Open University website.
Tails you win: the science of chance - still shown every now and again on BBC Four and with lots of links to different links available via the BBC website, this is definitely worth a view. Take a read of our review ‘Tails you win won us over” before or after watching it yourself.
Information is Beautiful- a webinar given by Tim Harford, author – Tim is the Undercover Economist and presenter (he presents ‘More or Less’) on 22 May 2013
Perils of Perception - the film of the RSS-Ipsos MORI-led debate event at King’s College London on 9 July 2013.