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The Norm Chronicles

      (8/10)

Meet Norm. He's 31, 5'9", just over 13 stone, and works a 39 hour week. He likes a  drink, doesn't do enough exercise and occasionally treats himself to a bar of chocolate  (milk). He's a pretty average kind of guy. In fact, he is the average guy in this clever  and unusual take on statistical risk, chance, and how these two factors affect our  everyday choices. Watch as Norm (who, like all average specimens, feels himself to be  uniquely special), and his friends careful Prudence and reckless Kelvin, turns to  statistics to help him in life's endless series of choices - should I fly or take the train?  Have a baby? Another drink? Or another sausage? Do a charity skydive or get a lift on a  motorbike? The Norm Chronicles by University of Cambridge’s Professor Sir (or the other way  around) Spiegelhalter is a novel about all those risk factors we encounter throughout  our lives and what they actually mean, told through the narrative of the average,  really average, guy. It’s a novel about risks and risk perception, and it is very good. I  thoroughly enjoyed reading, and in my opinion (and I guess also that of Professor  Spiegelhalter) everyone should read it. That would nip a lot of Daily Mail-associated  panic in the but before it had any impact. The book does a great job of putting  different risks in perspective, and does so in an entertaining and easy to understand  manner. So there is no barrier for anyone not to read it. This is excellent  communication of science. I learned a lot from this, and I do this work for a living...    It comes with a good website as well, so f you are not much of a reader, have a look  at http://thenormchronicles.com/.  
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