Highlights

From the geeks who took over poker to the nuclear safety experts who want to prevent the next banking meltdown, these are my favourite long-form articles.

What makes the perfect office?

In 1923, the father of modern architecture, Le Corbusier, was commissioned by a French industrialist to design some homes for workers in his factory near Bordeaux. Le Corbusier duly delivered brightly-hued concrete blocks of pure modernism. The humble factory workers...

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How Politicians Poisoned Statistics

We have more data — and the tools to analyse and share them — than ever before. So why is the truth so hard to pin down? In January 2015, a few months before the British general election, a proud newspaper resigned itself to the view that little good could come from...

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The economists’ manifesto

If Britain’s top economists were in charge, what policies would they implement? Tim Harford sets the challenge It’s often said that economists have too much influence on policy. A critic might say that politicians are dazzled by data-driven arguments and infatuated...

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How to see into the future

Billions of dollars are spent on experts who claim they can forecast what’s around the corner, in business, finance and economics. Most of them get it wrong. Now a groundbreaking study has unlocked the secret: it IS possible to predict the future – and a new breed of...

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Big Data: Are we making a big mistake?

Five years ago, a team of researchers from Google announced a remarkable achievement in one of the world’s top scientific journals, Nature. Without needing the results of a single medical check-up, they were nevertheless able to track the spread of influenza across...

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