You can hate math and not give a whit about statistics. But if you care about your health, you will finish up your summer reading with a fantastic new book: Naked Statistics. Stripping the Dread from the Data.
Healthy Survivors find and nourish realistic hope. That's impossible unless they understand the statistics that help them differentiate hopeful therapies from those that stir only false hope and wishful thinking.
This book is for those of you who know and believe that learning some statistics will help you (i.e., you have knowledge and hope), but you can't seem to take action and learn statistics.
Author "Wheelan strips away the arcane and technical details and focuses on the underlying intuition that drives statistical analysis...there's not a dull page in sight." [From the dust jacket--that removeable paper cover of book.]
Since reading the book, I've been amazed at the number of times over the course of a day that statistics has played a significant role in an article or advertisement -- and how my response has been shaped by the insights offered in Naked Statistics.
Naked Statistics' statistics:
- 255 pages on nice paper with an easy font
- 13 chapters, plus a short introduction and a short conclusion
- 5 of the chapters have their own appendix to make it easy for number-phobes to skip the "number-ey" discussions
- 1 appendix on statistical software