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Numbercrunch: A Mathematician's Toolkit for Making Sense of Your World

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These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. Oliver Johnson is Professor of Information Theory and Director of the Institute for Statistical Science in the School of Mathematics at the University of Bristol. In an age driven more and more by data and misinformation this book cuts through the fudges and fiddles beloved of politicians and obfuscators and outright liars to give a modern insight into discerning what the data and information really say and how to understand it all. Johnson applies careful analysis and great common sense to an extraordinary range of applications of mathematical ideas, from football to filter bubbles - explaining formal ideas with minimum technicalities, and weighing their relevance to the real world. g., the book by Spiegelhalter, which treats similar ideas in a deeper way but not more complicated to read.

Johnson applies careful analysis and great common sense to an extraordinary range of applications of mathematical ideas, from football to filter bubbles – explaining formal ideas with minimum technicalities, and weighing their relevance to the real world. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. David Spiegelhalter, author o f The Art of Statistics also referred to it as ‘A fine and valuable read.An excellent, straightforward introduction to usefulness of numbers, which gets to the heart of why maths is so important to all of us. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. Journeying through the three sections of Randomness, Structure, and Information, we meet a host of brilliant minds such Alan Turing, Enrico Fermi and Claude Shannon, and we learn the tools, tips and tricks to cut through the noise all around us – from the Law of Large Numbers to Entropy to Brownian Motion.

Not to mention the things much closer to home: ever wondered when the best time is to leave a party? Regarded as ‘the perfect introduction to the power of mathematics – fluent, friendly and practical’ by Tom Harford, author of How to Make the World Add Up. Numbercrunch: A Mathematician’s Toolkit For Making Sense of Your World by Professor Oliver Johnson | 9781788708333. Numbercrunch equips readers with the mathematical tools and thinking to understand the myriad data all around us.

Absolut empfehlenswert für jeden, der entweder privat oder im Beruf Datenzusammenhänge besser verstehen möchte. Numbercrunch is aimed at a general audience, and will be published as hardback, ebook and audiobook on 3 March. I particularly like how Johnson uses examples from our everyday world to help us understand the concepts, from social media to football transfer fees to weather reporting. I am not quite the intended audience- I have a maths degree- but I would say there is something here for everyone.

Lucid, surprising, and endlessly entertaining, Numbercrunch equips you with a definitive mathematician's toolkit to make sense of your world. I follow Professor Johnson on Twitter, and found him a helpful, moderate source of information during the pandemic. Oliver Johnson is Professor of Information Theory and Director of the Institute for Statistical Science in the School of Mathematics.However, at times, it may be easier to grasp the concept by incorporating the appropriate equation alongside the explanation. He is a keen communicator of mathematical ideas and I still found him engaging in this, significantly longer, form. The author is explaining the concept of probability in plain English, avoiding the use of equations.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Professor Oliver Johnson is a superb maths-whisperer on a mission to arm his readers with the tools to distinguish sound claims from the many phoney ones that bombard us every day. I also find some issues with the way the concepts are explained as this could easily confuse someone unfamiliar with maths. Utilizing equations offers the advantage of invoking a deeper understanding of concepts that might be challenging to convey through words alone. The Covid pandemic is a minefield for mathematicians and scientists and if I am one, I would try to steer clear due to the strong emotions, misinformation and the failure of maths, science and AI to live up their lofty promises.

Das Buch greift alltagsnahe Themen auf und zeigt wie mit etwas Systematik und einem praxisrelevanten mathematischen Basisverständnis der Sachverhalt rational erklärt werden kann. We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. There are far better books on this topic and the good professor offers no new insights or better explanation on his selected maths topics. Journeying through three sections - Randomness, Structure, and Information - we meet a host of brilliant minds, such Alan Turing, Enrico Fermi and Claude Shannon, and are equipped with the tools to cut through the noise all around us - from the Law of Large Numbers to Entropy to Brownian Motion. Really good book for the less maths inclined amongst us with everyday examples used making it easier to relate to.

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