The Hidden Half: How the World Conceals its Secrets
Why does one smoker die of lung cancer but another live to 100? The answer is 'The Hidden Half' - those random, unknowable variables that mess up our attempts to comprehend the world.
We humans are very clever creatures - but we're idiots about how clever we really are. In this entertaining and ingenious book, Blastland reveals how in our quest to make the world more unders...more
1. When genetically identical Marmorkreb crayfish are grown in the same environment and given lots of food, they all grow to very different sizes (published in Nature!), it proves that we simply don’t know what affects their size on top of their gene and environment. It is not bias or measurement error, but a fundamental property.
2. The biggest study about delinquent boys and adult crime found absolutely no factors that can pr ...more