The New York Times called Chances Are, the authors' look at the application of probability in everyday life, a "dizzying, exhilarating ride." In Bozo Sapiens, they take us on a another funhouse journey, exploring the surprising, or alarming, number of ways that humans can make bad judgments and poor decisions. The Kaplans' ability to explain everything from statistics to evolutionary biology in witty, accessible, and anecdotal style will endear this book to readers of Blink, Freakonomics, and other recent pop-social science successes.
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About the Author
Michael Kaplan is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker who resides in Edinburgh, Scotland, and co-author with Ellen Kaplan of Chances Are... and Bozo Sapiens.
Ellen Kaplan has taught mathematics to people from six to sixty, at leading independent schools and most recently at Harvard University. With her husband, Robert, she wrote The Art of the Infinite. Ellen is also co-author of Chances Are: Adventures in Probability and Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err is Human, co-written with her son, Michael Kaplan.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bozo Sapiens is very informative and useful yet is interesting enough that the reader does not lose interest. One is constantly having to reevaluate the way they think about and see the world throughout the book. It is a must-read for any intellectual, scholar, or professional. While it is interesting, I wouldn't recommend it for a casual reader, it is just a shade to deep and complicated for light reading.
What a treat. As the title suggests, this book is both scientific and funny -- a hard trick to pull off. It addresses incredibly serious questions about human nature, but in such a light-hearted, clever way and with such interesting stories that it just sails along. And it left me feeling like I understand humanity a little better (and like it more).