Books Of Interest September 12, 2013

Cover of "Taking the Medicine"

Cover of Taking the Medicine

The Norm Chronicles:Stories And Numbers Around Danger     Michael Blastland and David Spiegel Halter

This book explores statistical risk and chance and presents statistics about danger in our everyday lives such as should I fly or take a train? A treasure trove of facts!!!

Taking The Medicine: A Short History Of Medicine’s Beautiful Idea, And Our Difficulty Swallowing It     Druin Burch

The author does an excellent job in bringing to light the mistakes that have been committed by the medical community. A well-researched book that provides how the medical community accepted therapies and practices even though some of these were obviously not well thought out. By using statistics of increased numbers we should be able to assess the effects of most treatments.

Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms The Planet, And Threatens Our Lives     Micheal Specter

The author gathers stories that show the fear and unwillingness for the general public to accept the truths of science but rather accept denialism. I have seen mixed reviews of this book but it seems to be one of those books that I will have to read and make my own judgment rather than what a reviewer has to say.

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