Don't Let the Numbers Fool Ya

Spring 2019 Honors first-year seminar

Only 15 seats - with David Fraser
Fridays, 10-11 a.m.

Modern science leads decisions from national security to what you should have for breakfast. The volume of the data is staggering! Learn to navigate the onslaught of scientific knowledge, and analyze the representation (and misrepresentation) of scientific findings. You'll also learn to develop graphic representations of different data sets.

You will get to vote on the core text for the course:

  • Joel Best. Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data (2013)
  • Joel Best. Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians and Activists (2012)
  • Sherry Seethaler. Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How To Sort Through the Noise Around Global Warming, the Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Controversies