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Covid By Numbers

Making Sense of the Pandemic with Data

David Spiegelhalter Anthony Masters

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Penguin
05 January 2022
Series: Pelican Books
A vital and concise data-driven analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world

How many people have died because of COVID-19? Which countries have been hit hardest by the virus? What are the benefits and harms of different vaccines? How does COVID-19 compare to the Spanish flu? How have the lockdown measures affected the economy, mental health and crime?

This year we have been bombarded by statistics - seven day rolling averages, rates of infection, excess deaths. Never have numbers been more central to our national conversation, and never has it been more important that we think about them clearly. In the media and in their Observer column, Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter and RSS Statistical Ambassador Anthony Masters have interpreted these statistics, offering a vital public service by giving us the tools we need to make sense of the virus for ourselves and holding the government to account.

In Covid by Numbers, they crunch the data on a year like no other, exposing the leading misconceptions about the virus and the vaccine, and answering our essential questions. This timely, concise and approachable book offers a rare depth of insight into one of the greatest upheavals in history, and a trustworthy guide to these most uncertain of times.
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Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 187mm,  Width: 120mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   285g
ISBN:   9780241547731
ISBN 10:   0241547733
Series:   Pelican Books
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Other merchandise
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Spiegelhalter (Author) Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS OBE is Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. His bestselling book, The Art of Statistics, has been published in 11 languages. He was knighted in 2014 for services to medical statistics, was President of the Royal Statistical Society (2017-2018), and became a Non-Executive Director of the UK Statistics Authority in 2020. He is @d_spiegel on Twitter. Anthony Masters (Author) Dr Anthony Masters is a Chartered Statistician, a Statistical Ambassador for the Royal Statistical Society, and a frequent blogger and explainer of statistical ideas. He is @anthonybmasters on Twitter.

Reviews for Covid By Numbers: Making Sense of the Pandemic with Data

A clear and extremely readable guided tour of the pandemic... This book represents an extremely timely contribution... If journalists, politicians and the public were all provided with a copy then the debate would be vastly better informed, with much more light than heat -- Oliver Johnson * Guardian * Cuts through the noise and disinformation about the pandemic... In single well-evidenced sentences [Spiegelhalter] and Masters can pronounce on months-long conflicts... Reading it, it feels as though there are adults in the room -- Tom Whipple * The Times * Fascinating -- Jeremy Vine A valuable overview of COVID-19 statistics and how to navigate them. Rather than just quoting numbers, Spiegelhalter and Masters discuss how to think about epidemic data... No doubt many books will be written on the COVID-19 pandemic... But if they want to get the statistics straight, their authors may want to read Covid by Numbers first -- Adam Kucharski * Lancet * I couldn't imagine a better guidebook for making sense of a tragic and momentous time in our lives. Covid by Numbers is comprehensive yet concise, impeccably clear and always humane -- Tim Harford, author of How To Make The World Add Up A clear, concise statistical journal of the plague year. If you want to understand the numbers behind the virus that stopped the world, you ought to read this book -- Tom Chivers, author of The Rationalists Fantastic and wonderfully readable. A much needed antidote to the often murky and misinterpreted world of Covid data, explained in a straightforward and clear way - yet always remembering the humanity the data represents -- Dr Hannah Fry


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