In a year in which making sense of the numbers has become a matter of life and death, David Spiegelhalter has stood out as a calm voice of authority. In the media and in his Observer column with RSS Statistical Ambassador Anthony Masters, he has interpreted these statistics, held the government to account and given us the tools to make sense of the virus. Their timely, accessible book offers insight into one of the greatest upheavals in history. Never have numbers been more central to our national conversation, and never has it been more important that we think about them clearly.
When are you in a strong position to negotiate a pay rise? Why is President Putin so hard to read? Game theory is relevant every time people or organisations interact – from parlour games to global conflicts. Michael Wooldridge explores game theoretic thinking, and what game theory can tell us about why our social, political and economic world is organised the way it is. He is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, one of the world’s leading researchers in Artificial Intelligence (AI), and has published two popular science introductions to AI: The Ladybird Guide to Artificial Intelligence (2018) and The Road to Conscious Machines (2020).
How do you remember more and forget less? How can you earn more and become more creative just by moving house? And how do you pack a car boot most efficiently? Thinking Better offers clever strategies for daily complex problems via shortcuts. Shortcuts have enabled much of human progress, whether in constructing the first cities around the Euphrates 5,000 years ago, using calculus to determine the scale of the universe or in writing today's algorithms that help us find a new life partner. The Oxford mathematician shares his shortcut to the art of the shortcut with neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow.