Panicology

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Viking, 2008 - 284 páginas
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Afraid you might succumb to bird flu?* Worried that a life of penury awaits you in old age? Concerned that you might not be having as much sex as most French people? And anxious that our planet is under threat from climate change, or even a random asteroid crash?

If any, or all, of these things worry you, take heart from the fact that you're not alone. People in different coun tries might fear different things (the Danes apparently worry most about nuclear power, the British about terrorist attacks, the Italians about radiation from their beloved mobile phones), yet anxiety is everywhere a condition of modern life. But why? It's perfectly clear we are living longer, safer and more healthy lives than any generation before us. Standards of living continue to rise inexorably across the western world, and even the major challenge of global warming has been recognized and is being tackled. So what's there to worry about?

In this witty and revealing book, statistician Simon Briscoe and science writer Hugh Aldersey-Williams strip away the hysteria which surrounds over forty of today's most common scare stories, from overpopul ation and murder rates to fish shortages and obesity levels, and show the extraordinary extent to which stats are manipulated or misrepresented by vested interests and the media, keen to exploit our fears. And most importantly they offer a toolkit for scepticism - ways of helping you sort out what really is worth panicking about from the stuff that really isn't.

*Don't be, unless you're involved in the ritualistic slaughter of wildfowl.

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Simon Briscoe has been Statistics Editor at The Financial Timessince 1999.

In the 1980s he worked in the Central Statistical Office, the Treasury and the EU in Brussels, followed by 12 years in the research departments of three investment banks - finally as Managing Director of Research, at Nikko Europe, achieving top rankings in Institutional Investor and Extel surveys.

He was author of Interpreting the Economy, published in 2000 by Penguin, and Britain in Numbers, a statistical review of the UK and how figures are used in politics, published by Politico's in 2005, and Harriman's Financial Dictionary, 2007.

He has been on the Councils of the Royal Statistical Society and the Society of Business Economists and has chaired the Financial Statistics Users' Group and the Official Statistics Section of the RSS. He was a member of the ONS Statistics Advisory Committee and has been an adviser for the Treasury Committee (of the House of Commons). His latest book, written with Hugh Aldersey-Williams, is Panicology(2008).

He lives in north London with his wife and two children.

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