Yale University’s Levin Professor of History Timothy Snyder has written a manifesto for democracy titled On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (New York: Tim Duggan Books, 2017). This little volume (128 pages, 6” x 4.5”) packs a wallop. Although he never names anyone as his focal tyrant wannabe, the reader knows that this … Continue reading Tyranny Prevention
In 1954 Darrell Huff published How to Lie with Statistics. It is still in print (W. W. Norton). No lie! One reason this book has legs is that Huff made everyday statistical concepts come alive and understandable through clever examples and illustrations. Over the years I have enjoyed using this (obviously dated) cartoon from his … Continue reading Our Knowledge of Averages is Below Average!