As Nobel Prize-winning economist Ronald Coase once cynically observed, "If you torture data long enough, it will confess." Lying with statistics is a time-honored con. In Standard Deviations, economics professor Gary Smith walks us through the various tricks and traps that people use to back up their own crackpot theories. Sometimes, the unscrupulous deliberately try to mislead us. Other times, the well-intentioned are blissfully unaware of the mischief they are committing.
Freakonomics showed how economic calculations can explain seemingly counterintuitive decision-making. Thinking, Fast and Slow helped listeners identify a host of small cognitive errors that can lead to miscalculations and irrational thought. In What the Luck?, statistician and author Gary Smith sets himself a similar goal, and explains - in clear, understandable, and witty prose - how a statistical understanding of luck can change the way we see just about every aspect of our lives.
A swamp warrior who served five tours in Vietnam tells it like it was in Death in the Jungle.
Sharpen your pencils and ready your sketchpads. Be ready to capture reality in an immortalized illustration! Learn everything you need to know about drawing, its elements, and the tools used to create great pieces of art in as fast as half an hour. This book is for all people who come from all walks of life. It surely is a great listen for anyone - the young and the young at heart, men and women, rich or poor, especially beginners who want to learn the basics and become proficient in the art of drawing.
Some 100,000 soldiers fought in the April 1862 battle of Shiloh, and nearly 20,000 men were killed or wounded; more Americans died on that Tennessee battlefield than had died in all the nation's previous wars combined. In the first book in his new series, Steven E. Woodworth has brought together a group of superb historians to reassess this significant battle and provide in-depth analyses of key aspects of the campaign and its aftermath.
"My kingdom for a dictionary"