What the Numbers Say: A Field Guide to Mastering Our Numerical World
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What the Numbers Say: A Field Guide to Mastering Our Numerical World

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Our society is churning out more numbers than ever before, whether in the form of spreadsheets, brokerage statements, survey results, or just the numbers on the sports pages. Unfortunately, people’s ability to understand and analyze numbers isn’t keeping pace with today’s whizzing data streams. And the benefits of living in the Information Age are available only to those w...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 8th 2004 by Broadway Books (first published 2003)
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Russell
Get this book. Today. Here's an Amazon.com link to the book. Or check out from your local library. Doesn't matter, just get this book.

Why? Because this is the best book I've read that teaches you how to understand the numbers thrown at us daily and how to be a quantitative thinker.

It explains the math tools you can use to cut through the deluge of numbers and 'facts' and how to glean meaningful data.

After reading this, pass it on to someone else.
Ted
Jan 12, 2012 Ted rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I found this book interesting enough to read it in a relatively short time, but was probably a little too familiar with much of the material to get a lot of new knowledge out of it. For some reason I remember being a bit more excited about The Numbers Game by Michael Blastland, which I read more recently. The goal of the two books is similar, basically they are trying to make the average person more comfortable and more skillful in dealing with the sorts of numbers and number-based "evidence" th...more
Mike Simmons
A solid book on the nuances of how numbers are represented to the public. I am a CPA and often have to present numbers in a simplified yet complete way. This book talks about how quantitative facts and calculations can be misleading (intentionally or unintentionally). I recommend reading this to give perspective to every day stories like the federal deficit, measuring flour, olympic scoring, etc.
Sam
A very practical tool for improving your quantitative reasoning. For those that are numerically lazy (like me), this is a good reminder of the many benefits of taking the time to think through a problem before reaching for the calculator and it provides an excellent toolbox for making the most of the quantitative world in which we live.
Peter
May 15, 2011 Peter added it
Statistics, their use and misuse, and how much they matter in daily life. Gives a lot of hints of what to look for to identify misleading statistics and how much of an impact their deliberate misuse can have. Very interesting, and funny enough for any reader.
Abby Jean
good enough straightforward discussion on using math and common sense in everyday life. didn't love the obscure stock market examples. a bit basic, although the section on pareto's law was especially interesting. engaging with good examples.
Leendert
hugely entertaining ...
Kyle
Yes. I am a geek.
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