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Reckoning with Risk
  • Published: 26 May 2003
  • ISBN: 9780141933085
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Reckoning with Risk

Learning to Live with Uncertainty



Clear and entertaining, this is an introduction for non-mathematicians.

"This is an important book, full of relevant examples and worrying case histories. By the end of it, the reader has been presented with a powerful set of tools for understanding statistics...anyone who wants to take responsibly for their own medicalchoices should read it" - New Scientist

However much we crave certainty, we live in an uncertain world. But are we guilty of wildly exaggerating the chances of some unwanted event happening to us? Are ordinary people idiots when reasoning with risk?
Far too many of us, argues Gerd Gigerenzer, are hampered by our own innumeracy. Here, he shows us that our difficulties in thinking about numbers can easily be overcome.

  • Published: 26 May 2003
  • ISBN: 9780141933085
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the author

Gerd Gigerenzer

Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and former Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago. He has published two academic books on heuristics, Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart and Bounded Rationality: The Adaptive Toolbox and Reckoning with Risk. His latest book is Gut Feelings.

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