Is That a Fact? A Field Guide to Statistical and Scientific Information

ISBN-10: 1554811325
ISBN-13: 9781554811328
Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)
Authors: Mark Battersby
List price: $26.95
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Description: We are inundated by scientific and statistical information, but what should we believe? How much should we trust the polls on the latest electoral campaign? When a physician tells us that a diagnosis of cancer is 90% certain or a scientist informs  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 6/6/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

We are inundated by scientific and statistical information, but what should we believe? How much should we trust the polls on the latest electoral campaign? When a physician tells us that a diagnosis of cancer is 90% certain or a scientist informs us that recent studies support global warming, what should we conclude? How can we acquire reliable statistical information? Once we have it, how do we evaluate it? Despite the importance of these questions to our lives, many of us have only a vague idea of how to answer them.In this admirably clear and engaging book, Mark Battersby provides a practical guide to thinking critically about scientific and statistical information. The goal of the book is not only to explain how to identify misleading statistical information, but also to give readers the understanding necessary to evaluate and use statistical and statistically based scientific information in their own decision making.

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