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A painless introduction to the maths of the real world by the team who created and present the hugely popular BBC Radio 4 series More or Less.
Mathematics scares and depresses most of us, but politicians, journalists and everyone in power use numbers all the time to bamboozle us. Most maths is really simple - as easy as 2+2 in fact. Better still it can be understood without any jargon, any formulas - and in fact not even many numbers. Most of it is commonsense, and by using a few really simple principles one can quickly see when maths, statistics and numbers are being abused to play tricks - or create policies - which can waste millions of pounds.
It is liberating to understand when numbers are telling the truth or being used to lie, whether it is health scares, the costs of government policies, the supposed risks of certain activities or the real burden of taxes.
About the Author
Michael Blastland was producer of More or Less and Analysis for BBC Radio 4. He is the author of JOE: The Only Boy in the World (Profile 2006), and lives in London.
Andrew Dilnot is Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford and former director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies.
A very funny book...this is one of those maths books that claims to be self-help, and on the evidence presented here, we are in dire need of it... * Daily Telegraph * This very elegant book constantly sparks "Aha!" moments as it interrogates the way numbers are handled and mishandled by politicians and the media. * Guardian * If every politician and journalist were required to read this engaging and eye opening book before embarking on their career, we would live in a wiser, better, governed world. -- Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, Royal Society of Arts
ISBN: 9781846681110 ISBN-10: 1846681111 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 192 Published: 1st September 2008 Publisher: Profile Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1