The Joy of Stats (The Economist)


In a review of Charles Wheelan’s new book, Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread From the Data, The Economist says Wheelan “makes statistics interesting and fun. His book strips the subject of its complexity to expose the sexy stuff underneath.”

Statistics and probability are usually taught by people who love stats, says The Economist, and the results can be stultifying. However, the magazine continues, Wheeler’s new book is interesting “because it focuses on the purpose of stats, not their inner elegance.”

The reader is kept at ease and engaged, the reviewer says, by the “trademark silly humour,” which Wheelan ’88, a senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences and a visiting professor in the Department of Economics, introduced in his previous book, Naked Economics.

Read the full story, published 3/23/13 by The Economist.

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