How to Expect the Unexpected: The Science of Making Predictions-and the Art of Knowing When Not To

How to Expect the Unexpected: The Science of Making Predictions-and the Art of Knowing When Not To

by Kit Yates
How to Expect the Unexpected: The Science of Making Predictions-and the Art of Knowing When Not To

How to Expect the Unexpected: The Science of Making Predictions-and the Art of Knowing When Not To

by Kit Yates

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Overview

A “vivid, wide-ranging, and delightful guide” (bestselling author Tim Harford) for understanding how and why predictions go wrong, with practical tips to give you a better chance of getting them right 

How can you be 100 percent sure you will win a bet? Why did so many Pompeians stay put while Mount Vesuvius was erupting? Are you more likely to work in a kitchen if your last name is Baker? Ever since the dawn of human civilization, we have been trying to make predictions about what the world has in store for us. For just as long, we have been getting it wrong. In How to Expect the Unexpected, mathematician Kit Yates uncovers the surprising science that undergirds our predictions—and how we can use it to our advantage.    

From religious oracles to weather forecasters, and from politicians to economists, we are subjected to poor predictions all the time. Synthesizing results from math, biology, psychology, sociology, medicine, economic theory, and physics, Yates provides tools for readers to understand uncertainty and to recognize the cognitive biases that make accurate predictions so hard to come by.   

This book will teach you how and why predictions go wrong, help you to spot phony forecasts, and give you a better chance of getting your own predictions correct. 


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541604933
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/31/2023
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 266,623
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Kit Yates is a senior lecturer in the department of mathematical sciences and codirector of the Centre for Mathematical Biology at the University of Bath. He is the author of The Math of Life and Death (2020), which was a Sunday Times Science Book of the Year. He lives in Oxford, England.  

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