I think this would be better in print. There were many formulas and references to figures that, while well described, don't really transfer well to audio.
If you've taken introductory statistics, this book is almost entirely review. But it did help to clear up a couple of concepts that I never fully grasped. There are also a few interesting facts thrown in.
If you've never taken statistics, everything is explained very clearly and in an interesting way.
Fascinating, informative, surprising
I love that this course explained so many aspects of so many languages from all over the world. The Story of Human Language covers everything rom the evolution of tonal languages in Eastern Asia to the development of creoles in the New World, and so much more.
Professor McWhorter lectures with passion, excitement and humour. His love of language and joy of teaching really shine through.
I couldn't turn this course off. I finished it in less than a week, and was sad when it was done.
I haven't read the print version, but I think the audio version may be better. Wil Wheaton's narration was great and really added to to story.
The opening scene was probably my favourite. It was unexpected, funny, and quickly pulled me in..
Honestly, I didn't expect much from this book. The description made it sound like an interesting but tacky story. But I was completely mistaken. It's well written, funny and thought provoking. I would definitely read it again.
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