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Monday 14 September 2020

Tim Harford on How to Make Sense of the Stats

History &
Social Policy

Numbers and economics guru Tim Harford takes a deep dive into the world of statistics. Drawing on the ideas in his new book, How to Make the World Add Up: Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers, Harford will take us on a journey through art forgery, fake news, big data and dangerous political narratives, relaying the stories behind our understanding of what numbers mean, and showing why using them properly can give us unparalleled insight into every area of life.

Harford will be joined by David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, who has been described by Harford on his Radio 4 show More or Less as a ‘statistical national treasure’. Already a frequent voice in the media, Spiegelhalter has rarely been off the airwaves since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, helping us through the maze of Rs, case fatality rates and excess deaths.

Join us on September 14 and learn how to gain knowledge and understanding from the data that surrounds us.

Watch the event live and have your chance to type in your question during the Q and A.

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  • Tim Harford

    Senior columnist for the Financial Times

  • Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter

    Leading British statistician

Chair to be confirmed.

  • Online event
  • Monday 14 September 2020
  • 6pm to 7:15pm BST



Tim Harford

Senior columnist for the Financial Times

Senior columnist for the Financial Times, where as 'The Undercover Economist', he reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences. He also presents the BBC radio series More or Less. His writing has appeared in Esquire, Forbes, New York magazine, the Washington Post, and The New York Times. His forthcoming book is How to Make the World Add Up, and previous books include The Undercover Economist, The Logic of Life and Adapt.

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter

Leading British statistician

Leading British statistician and Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Spiegelhalter is one of the most cited and influential researchers in his field, and was elected as President of the Royal Statistical Society for 2017 to18. He appears regularly in the UK media explaining the numbers that appear in the news, assisting both ordinary people and politicians to make sensible decisions based on the best evidence available. His most recent book is The Art of Statistics.

Chair to be confirmed.