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The virus picks us off unevenly, and an efficient response must recognise that

The virus picks us off unevenly, and an efficient response must recognise that It is the end of the beginning: lockdowns after the first wave of coronavirus are being tentatively lifted. It is not a step we are taking with any great confidence of success. Rather, we’re easing the lockdowns because we can’t bear to wait any longer. That will mean some difficult decisions ahead, in particular about how we look out for each other in a world where our experiences and the risks we...

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The virus picks us off unevenly, and an efficient response must recognise that

The virus picks us off unevenly, and an efficient response must recognise that It is the end of the beginning: lockdowns after the first wave of coronavirus are being tentatively lifted. It is not a step we are taking with any great confidence of success. Rather, we’re easing the lockdowns because we can’t bear to wait any longer. That will mean some difficult decisions ahead, in particular about how we look out for each other in a world where our experiences and the risks we...

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Book(s) of the Week 20: The Next Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy

Book(s) of the Week 20: The Next Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy Okay, this week I’m plugging my own brand new book, The Next Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy.  At least, a little bit. But I have some other books to tell you about too. One of the joys of writing this book was to be able to pick up two or three wonderful books on each topic, learn all about the history and the characters involved, and then try to figure out how to use what I’d learned to tell a...

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Book(s) of the Week 20: The Next Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy

Book(s) of the Week 20: The Next Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy Okay, this week I’m plugging my own brand new book, The Next Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy.  At least, a little bit. But I have some other books to tell you about too. One of the joys of writing this book was to be able to pick up two or three wonderful books on each topic, learn all about the history and the characters involved, and then try to figure out how to use what I’d learned to tell a...

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The statistical detective work required to lift the lockdowns

The statistical detective work required to lift the lockdowns Anyone prone to cynicism about “damned lies and statistics” should be prompted to think again by the pandemic. Admittedly, distorted or fictional statistics have been press-ganged into their familiar roles of spin and propaganda. But the real thing — statistical information, carefully gathered — can save lives. The UK Office for National Statistics has announced a new survey of 25,000 people, designed to test a...

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The statistical detective work required to lift the lockdowns

The statistical detective work required to lift the lockdowns Anyone prone to cynicism about “damned lies and statistics” should be prompted to think again by the pandemic. Admittedly, distorted or fictional statistics have been press-ganged into their familiar roles of spin and propaganda. But the real thing — statistical information, carefully gathered — can save lives. The UK Office for National Statistics has announced a new survey of 25,000 people, designed to test a...

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The Next Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy – book and talk

The Next Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy – book and talk “Endlessly insightful and full of surprises — exactly what you would expect from Tim Harford.” Bill Bryson I’m delighted to announce the launch of my new book, The Next Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy. It’s a sequel to the original in which I presented a selection of fifty radical inventions that changed the world – in the form of surprising, instructive and untold stories about the people and ideas...

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The Next Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy – book and talk

The Next Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy – book and talk “Endlessly insightful and full of surprises — exactly what you would expect from Tim Harford.” Bill Bryson I’m delighted to announce the launch of my new book, The Next Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy. It’s a sequel to the original in which I presented a selection of fifty radical inventions that changed the world – in the form of surprising, instructive and untold stories about the people and ideas...

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Book of the Week 19: Humankind, by Rutger Bregman

Book of the Week 19: Humankind, by Rutger Bregman Rutger Bregman’s new book, Humankind: A Hopeful History, makes a simple argument: most people, most of the time, are decent. Whether this strikes you as absurd, or obvious, may depend on what side of bed you got out of. Bregman makes a strong case that we’ve been groomed to think the worst of each other by books such as The Lord of The Flies and The Selfish Gene, and a diet of grim stories in the daily news. The book is...

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Book of the Week 19: Humankind, by Rutger Bregman

Book of the Week 19: Humankind, by Rutger Bregman Rutger Bregman’s new book, Humankind: A Hopeful History, makes a simple argument: most people, most of the time, are decent. Whether this strikes you as absurd, or obvious, may depend on what side of bed you got out of. Bregman makes a strong case that we’ve been groomed to think the worst of each other by books such as The Lord of The Flies and The Selfish Gene, and a diet of grim stories in the daily news. The book is...

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