Obliquity

Link: My Amazon Review is here, should you wish to vote on its usefulness. On the cover of Obliquity, John Kay's new book (hardback edition), Tim Harford pronounces it "persuasive". Yet Harford’s subsequent column in the FT on March the 18th, 2010, titled "Political Ideas Need Proper Testing" suggested that he is far from persuaded by … Continue reading Obliquity

The Tiger That Isn’t, or why you needn’t be afraid of numbers

Link: You can vote on the Amazon review of this book here. "I think numbers are the best way to represent the world's uncertainties", "I see numbers, I question them and I can interpret them for the less numerate", "I see numbers and I freeze". These three possible options are based on a rough categorisation … Continue reading The Tiger That Isn’t, or why you needn’t be afraid of numbers

Um…: Slips, Tumbles, and Verbal Blunders, And What They Mean

Link: The Amazon Review is here. Um..., as I shall refer to the book, is an unusual book on many counts. I read books in several non-fiction genres. But books, that marry genres, such as food memoirs of MFK Fisher or Mark Abley's language-cum-travel memoirs, find favour with me. I read Um... on an oblique recommendation from a … Continue reading Um…: Slips, Tumbles, and Verbal Blunders, And What They Mean