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Malcolm

Charlotte, NC, United States

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  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Scott Fabel says: "Learn About Statistics Without All The Math"
    "A case study in Statistics"
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    Where does The Signal and the Noise rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I've listened to so far


    Any additional comments?

    Nate Silver gives an advanced, yet comprehensible lesson in statistics using exciting real world examples of how statistics were used correctly or incorrectly in each case. Topics range from earth quakes to political elections, which he is most recenty famous for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1614)
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    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "RIVETING"
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    Would you listen to The Emperor of All Maladies again? Why?

    This book is a history of a whole branch of medicine that's intertwined with other disciplines as well as the lives of those unfortunate enough to be touched by cancer. The book reads like a mystery novel, starting with the first diagnosis of a seemingly uncurable and mysterious disease all the way to present day where cures for small subsets of different types of cancer slowly begin to appear. The book paves a path of hope for a future where we may one day see an end to this disease all together.

    Even for someone like myself who has spent some time in the cancer field, the book can get pretty technical at times, but it answered many questions I've had about the disease in a very clear manner. Despite the sometimes technical nature of this book, the historical and personal anecdotes by the author make for a story that touches the deepest corners of the human experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Simply fantastic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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