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Activity Number: 222
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 1, 2011 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #301860
Title: Pop-Stats Books and Statistical Education
Author(s): Kaiser Fung*+
Companies: New York University
Address: , , ,
Keywords: Popular statistics ; Publishing ; Curriculum ; Freakonomics ; Books ; Education

Recently, pop-stats books have captured the public's favor, overcoming the negative perception of the subject of statistics. The best known examples include the Malcolm Gladwell series; the Freakonomics franchise; Ian Ayres's Super Crunchers; and the speaker's Numbers Rule Your World. Readers find these books highly accessible as each author finds a way to balance readability and rigor. What can educators learn from this publishing phenomenon? What is the role of pop-stats books in statistics courses? (Partly based on joint work with Andrew Gelman)

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