Summer Reading List
June 28, 2018
Now that it is officially summer break, This is Statistics is here to make sure you don’t fall victim to summer learning loss with these statistics reads. Here’s our round-up of books to take poolside:
By: Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec
Follow the lives of Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, two information designers who highlight their daily lives through a set of postcards that contain just as much data as they do emotion. This compilation of mail art and data visualizations just might inspire you to map your own life!
By: Johnson and Gluck
Learn to be a sophisticated consumer of data! Everydata explores “little data” that will help you make smarter decisions in all areas of your life. It is also filled with countless examples of misinterpreted data, for example: pregnant women avoid caffeine because they interpret correlation as causation.
By: George E.P. Box
Take a look into the life of world-renowned statistician George E. P. Box. In this autobiography, you’ll learn about the unlikely events that led him to a statistics career and the statistical methods he taught himself.
By: Kaiser Fung
In Numbers Rule Your World, you’ll gain insight into the facts and figures that play a large role in your everyday life. With this book you can explore the power of statistical analysis, no training required!
By: Sharon Bertsch McGayne
The Theory That Would Not Die takes a look into the controversial theorem that has a long and convoluted history. From its development in 1740, to understanding why statisticians considered it taboo for 150 years – learn how Bayes’ rule can be found everywhere.
By: Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot
Learn the trick to seeing straight through confusing numbers in The Tiger that Isn’t. By the end of this book, you’ll be empowered and fascinated by the bewildering world of numbers.
By Steven Johnson
This riveting read presents a multidisciplinary reflection in solving the 1854 cholera outbreak in London. You’ll be presented with history, contagion theory, nature of scientific inquiry and more. Learn just how much this epidemic changed science, cities and the modern world.
By Howard Wainer
Ever wonder how you can take all the information you read and figure out fact from fiction? Well, this summer read shows how statistics can help you decipher what’s true, especially in the era of fake news. Be entertained and educated, and learn more about how knowledge of data can challenge authority.
By David S. Salsburg
Science is not always exact. This fact-filled read looks at measurements followed by errors and statistical methods through a historical lens. Learn how oftentimes, “errors and blunders” can lead to useful information and uncover false data.
This fall in the Public Health Data Challenge, 91 teams made up of 303 students submitted their recommendations on how local officials should fight the national opioid epidemic after analyzing the CDC’s Multiple Cause of Death (Detailed Mortality) data set. Students recommended creative and thoughtful solutions for local officials including increasing the availability of naloxone…
Irineo Cabreros is an AAAS Mass Media Fellow with the sponsorship of the American Statistical Association. He spent 10 weeks this summer training as a science journalist with Slate in its New York City offices. This summer I had the opportunity to write for the science desk at Slate magazine as an AAAS Mass Media Fellow sponsored…