Another book gifted to me by the delightful Peter. A recently retired engineer, who at family Christmas dinners always seems to have some new scienceAnother book gifted to me by the delightful Peter. A recently retired engineer, who at family Christmas dinners always seems to have some new science book for me. This is a wonderful thing, because I love popular science books, and I love debunking 'popular' science.

I am also now tempted to read a few of the books he mentions about how to read science papers, because that is how I roll....more

This book opens with a quote from Keynes, my favorite economic curmudgeon, and details the complex international financial interplays between the endiThis book opens with a quote from Keynes, my favorite economic curmudgeon, and details the complex international financial interplays between the ending of World War 1 and the Great Depression. It is not a period of time that I had turned my attention to before, and I found it harrowing. Mostly because our financial world is now so interconnected that as the author points out, people no longer have to physically stand in line to withdraw large sums of money from the world's economy. ...more

Even in the title of these book, he lets you know that a prediction is just a prediction. You must evaluate your data going in, so that you can rate yEven in the title of these book, he lets you know that a prediction is just a prediction. You must evaluate your data going in, so that you can rate your output. His points about data rich fields like baseball and politics and the relationships between earthquakes and terrorism when it comes to analyzing data were amazing.

I went to his blog and the latest post (not by Nate Silver) was about the signal and noise in long term unemployment forecasts. It was depressing, but well written.

A book that not only explained the numbers, but delved into why and how these numbers existed. Who started looking at them, why is baseball so well suA book that not only explained the numbers, but delved into why and how these numbers existed. Who started looking at them, why is baseball so well suited to this syle of analysis? I found the parts about discovering old errors in the scorekeeping particularly fascinating....more

I read a lot of books about math, which means I end up reading a lot of books about gambling. At each of them I amazed at how much effort people willI read a lot of books about math, which means I end up reading a lot of books about gambling. At each of them I amazed at how much effort people will put into 'free' money. This book introduced me to Claude Shannon, and the mob's interest in information technology....more

It must be difficult to write a piece of historical fiction about a figure of legend that you come to develop a great liking for, and sympathy, when yIt must be difficult to write a piece of historical fiction about a figure of legend that you come to develop a great liking for, and sympathy, when you know how horrible his inevitable end must be....more

A fantastic overview of math history. I would have liked to set the math in context with the history of the times, but there was just enough of that tA fantastic overview of math history. I would have liked to set the math in context with the history of the times, but there was just enough of that to keep me happy. I found several short easy projects that I could do with my students, a wealth of math quotes to make a nerd swoon, and a couple of interesting discussions. For people afraid of math, I assure you, you can read the opening part of each chapter, get a sense for the historical context and significance and than skip on. The math has been neatly corralled so as not to scare you to much.

I am not scared of math, but I do not find it interesting to read. I worked out a couple of minor proofs along with the author/math genius he was writing about, but I did not attempt to read all of the math. I skimmed the math, and read the historical bits, and I, in my capacity as math teacher am giving you permission to do the same.

As an educator, I work with many people on the Autistic spectrum. I have found their range of abilities and challenges to be extremely varied, but theAs an educator, I work with many people on the Autistic spectrum. I have found their range of abilities and challenges to be extremely varied, but there are many themes held in common, and a chance to view those themes from the inside, is incredibly valuable to me. I was especially struck by the idea that 'coming out' might actually be less of a challenge for people on the spectrum, since other people's opinions do not matter as much to them, as they would to somebody not on the spectrum.

I am almost afraid to read some of the articles suggesting fraud on the part of the author...as I would like this book to be genuine....more

Math is used all the time to commit crime and to uncover crime, and this book makes that a little more clear, in a, "Please option my movie rights" kiMath is used all the time to commit crime and to uncover crime, and this book makes that a little more clear, in a, "Please option my movie rights" kind of way....more