"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics," said Benjamin Disraeli (according to Mark Twain, anyway), in what has become one of the most well-known quotations in the English language, and certainly the only one most of us know about statistics. And yet...while we all know statistics are potentially misleading in the abstract, in practice most of us continue to be misled by them on a daily basis.
In How to Make the World Add Up, British economist Tim Harford—whose services to improving economic understanding won him an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2018 New Year Honours—tries to equip us with tools to take on the latest misinformation, in a book that has received a rave review (see below) from Benedict King, our contributing editor and a former Bank of England economist.
By the way, we've also interviewed Tim Harford, a Financial Times columnist and BBC Radio and TV presenter, about books on two topics: Unexpected Economics (including a comic book) and the best Introductions to Economics.
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