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The best books and tweeps about data, long Kahneman interview, and other thoughts

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Next up is Julia Galef’s The Scout Mindset which looks terrific but which I have not yet read. Meanwhile I have curated a list of the best books for thinking about data, and – seperately – some recommendations of twitter people to follow on the subject of maths and in particular maths communication and education. In other adventures, I gave a talk – with plenty of conversation and interaction – at the World Bank & IMF, kindly hosted by the IMF library. If you don’t have two hours to spare I suggest you change that, because Scott Barry Kaufman’s long interview with Danny Kahneman is well worth your attention. Kahneman’s interesting new book Noise gets a look-in but the podcast ranges much more widely, is fascinating and often quite moving. Finally, Peter Sims

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Next up is Julia Galef’s The Scout Mindset which looks terrific but which I have not yet read. Meanwhile I have curated a list of the best books for thinking about data, and – seperately – some recommendations of twitter people to follow on the subject of maths and in particular maths communication and education.

In other adventures, I gave a talk – with plenty of conversation and interaction – at the World Bank & IMF, kindly hosted by the IMF library.

If you don’t have two hours to spare I suggest you change that, because Scott Barry Kaufman’s long interview with Danny Kahneman is well worth your attention. Kahneman’s interesting new book Noise gets a look-in but the podcast ranges much more widely, is fascinating and often quite moving.

Finally, Peter Sims argues that “a new renaissance is underway“; Peter’s book, Little Bets, is a stone cold classic.

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Tim is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is author of “Messy” and the million-selling “The Undercover Economist”, a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4’s “More or Less” and the iTunes-topping series “Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy”. Tim has spoken at TED, PopTech and the Sydney Opera House and is a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

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