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Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err is Human

Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err is Human

by Michael Kaplan, Ellen Kaplan

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The New York Times called Chances Are, the authors' look at the application of probability in everyday life, a "dizzying, exhilarating ride." In Bozo Sapiens, they take us on a another funhouse journey, exploring the surprising, or alarming, number of ways that humans can make bad judgments and poor decisions. The Kaplans' ability to explain everything from statistics to evolutionary biology in witty, accessible, and anecdotal style will endear this book to readers of Blink, Freakonomics, and other recent pop-social science successes.

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ISBN-13: 9781608192120
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 693 KB

About the Author

Ellen and Michael Kaplan are mother and son, and co-authors of the bestseller Chances Are...: Adventures in Probability. Michael is an award-winning writer and filmmaker for corporations, governments, museums, and charities, and lives near Edinburgh, Scotland with his wife and son. Ellen Kaplan is an archaeologist and math teacher.
Michael Kaplan is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker who resides in Edinburgh, Scotland, and co-author with Ellen Kaplan of Chances Are... and Bozo Sapiens.
Ellen Kaplan has taught mathematics to people from six to sixty, at leading independent schools and most recently at Harvard University. With her husband, Robert, she wrote The Art of the Infinite. Ellen is also co-author of Chances Are: Adventures in Probability and Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err is Human, co-written with her son, Michael Kaplan.

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Chapter I From the Logbook of the Ship of Fools 1

Chapter II Idols of the Marketplace 19

Chapter III Tinted Glasses 67

Chapter IV Off the Rails 111

Chapter V One of Us 151

Chapter VI Fresh off the Pleistocene Bus 183

Chapter VII Living Right 221

Notes 253

Index 280

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