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The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction Hardcover – 27 Sep 2012

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846147522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846147524
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Outstanding... fun to read... Silver has produced a signal that is a pleasure to follow (Tim Harford Financial Times )

Engagingly written... wholly satisfying... one of the more momentous books of the decade (The New York Times Book Review )

Fascinating... Statisticians are to our age what engineers were to the Victorians, the makers of the particular forms of truth we value and crave. Nate Silver, to pursue the analogy, is being tipped to be our age's Brunel (Bryan Appleyard Sunday Times )

Balanced, intelligent and erudite (Spectator )

Is there anything now that Nate Silver could tell us that we wouldn't believe? (Jonathan Freedland )

In this important book, Nate Silver explains why the performance of experts varies from prescient to useless and why we must plan for the unexpected. Must reading for anyone who cares about what might happen next (Richard Thaler, author of Nudge )

The inhabitants of Westminster are speed-reading The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver, the New York Times statistician who called the election with cool accuracy. They will find the book remarkable and rewarding (Sunday Telegraph Matthew d'Ancona )

The Galileo of number crunchers (Independent )

A surprisingly accessible peek into the world of mathematical probability (Daily Telegraph )

A whirlwind tour of the success and failure of predictions in a wide variety of fields... Mr. Silver's breezy style makes even the most difficult statistical material accessible. What is more, his arguments and examples are painstakingly researched (Wall Street Journal )

Engaging... Silver displays a knack not just for mining data but for explaining his thinking in an accessible manner (Bloomberg )

A supremely valuable resource for anyone who wants to make good guesses about the future, or who wants to assess the guesses made by others. In other words, everyone (The Boston Globe )

Engaging and sophisticated... [An] entertaining popularization of a subject that scares many people off (Slate )

Here's a prediction: after you read The Signal and the Noise, you'll have much more insight into why some models work well-and also why many don't. You'll learn to pay more attention to weather forecasts for the coming week-and none at all for weather forecasts beyond that. Nate Silver takes a complex, difficult subject and makes it fun, interesting, and relevant (Peter Orszag, Bloomberg columnist and former Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama )

Nate Silver is a new kind of political superstar. One who actually knows what he's talking about...he's singlehandedly shown that most political punditry is about as effective a method of truth-seeking as the ducking stool (Observer New Review )

About the Author

Nate Silver is a statistician and political forecaster at The New York Times who became a national sensation in the United States when his predictions during the 2008 presidential election trumped most mainstream polls. He is a contributor to The New York Times Magazine and has appeared as a commentator on CNN and MSNBC. He has spoken at TED and SXSW, and was named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the world.


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