The author specializes in demystifying complicated scientific concepts. Although it may not seem possible, the result is a consistently entertaining and extremely helpful guide to numbers and their practical everyday applications.
Empire of Chance: How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life
by Gerd Gigereenzer
How to Lie With Statistics
by Darrell Huff
First published in 1954, this book remains relevant as a wake-up call for people unaccustomed to examining the endless flow of numbers pouring from Wall Street, Madison Avenue, and everywhere else someone has an axe to grind, a point to prove, or a product to sell. "The secret language of statistics, so appealing in a fact-minded culture, is employed to sensationalize, inflate, confuse, and oversimplify," warns Huff.
Huff's tone is tolerant and amused, but no-nonsense. Like a lecturing father, he expects you to learn something useful from the book, and start applying it every day. Never be a sucker again, he cries!
Whether you encounter statistics at work, at school, or in advertising, you'll remember its simple lessons. Don't be terrorized by numbers, Huff implores. "The fact is that, despite its mathematical base, statistics is as much an art as it is a science."
Newton on the Tee: A Good Walk Through the Science of Golf
by John Zumerchik
Due in April, 2002.