Required Reading: The Arithmetic of Life and Death
by Tim O'Reilly
For the numerate among us, it's sometimes hard to understand those who are not (just as it's sometimes hard for the literate, or the emotionally intelligent, or the physically gifted, to understand the failings of their less capable counterparts). I've just discovered a lovely little book that I intend to give to the numerically challenged in my life. It's called The Arithmetic of Life and Death, by George Shaffner. It uses homely stories and common life occurrences to illustrate how an understanding of arithmetic, statistics, and probability can help you make better choices, and better understand the world around you. For the rest of us, there's Statistics Hacks, Mind Hacks, and Mind Performance Hacks.
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