Do the Math. I wrote a profile of Ellenberg for Isthmus, and here's a bit of what I said about the book:
How Not to Be Wrong isn't just for math geeks. Ellenberg's
writing is accessible and friendly. In one chapter, he deconstructs the
methods several MIT students used to scam the Massachusetts State
Lottery. In another, called "Dead Fish Don't Read Minds," he examines
the ways scientific data are analyzed, vetted and reported. This essay
made me doubt everything I thought I knew about the reliability of
That is exactly Ellenberg's goal. Armed with an understanding of the
math behind things like new obesity studies and unemployment reports,
you can draw your own conclusions. You will no longer be constrained by
others' interpretations. If you do your own math, you won't be misled.
Here's a link to the full profile on The Daily Page, the online edition of Isthmus.
(Book 10, 2014)