How To Make The World Add Up

Reading this in the US or Canada? Then you want the North American edition, The Data Detective.


Sunday Times bestseller

Fabulously readable, lucid, witty and authoritative... Every policiian and journalist should be made to read this book - Stephen Fry

Powerful, persuasive, and in these truth-defying times, indispensable - Caroline Criado Perez, author of Invisible Women

Nobody makes the statistics of everyday life more fascinating and enjoyable than Tim Harford - Bill Bryson

An immensely enjoyable guide to using statistics wisely - I loved it. Matt Parker, author of Humble Pi

He's a genius at telling stories that illuminate our world - Malcolm Gladwell

Wise and useful - such a delight. The Financial Times

I’m excited to announce that on 17 September, my new book was published in the UK and around the world by Bridge Street Press. How To Make The World Add Up is my effort to help you think clearly about the numbers that swirl all around us. 

 Tim Harford is our most likeable champion of reason and rigour… clear, clever and always highly readable.”

The Times, Books of the Year

Over the past 13 years of presenting More or Less I’ve come to realise that this clear thinking is only rarely a matter of technical expertise. Instead, it requires an effort to overcome our biases, set aside our preconceptions, and see beyond our emotional reactions. We need to be open-minded without being gullible, maintaining a healthy scepticism without lapsing into corrosive cynicism. Above all, we need to keep being curious.

 A Financial Times Book of the Year

I loved writing the book, trying to understand the heroes and villains of statistics, from Florence Nightingale to John Maynard Keynes. There are some strange cameos from an art forger, an erotic dancer, several alchemists and a whole phalanx of storks. I hope you’ll like it too.

Characteristic lucidity, concealed intellectual depths, wry humour – and a big unifying idea – from one of our finest economic and statistical communicators.”

The Independent

An entertainment for numerate readers and a user-friendly introduction to statistics for beginners.”

Kirkus Reviews

This wise book, distilled from years of experience, gives us the ten commandements, from first examing our feelings, to finally having the humility to admit we may be wrong. Priceless. - Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter

Wise, humane, and above all, illuminating. Nobody is better on statistics and numbers - and how to make sense of them. - Matthew Syed

Harford gives us a brilliant guide which teaches us how to be sceptical without being cynical, and to see that statistics are not scary, but a rare treasure that help us understand our society - Professor Hetan Shah, Chief executive of the British Academy

“An economist who literally wrote the book on communicating clearly with numbers boils down advice that will help you make better business and personal decisions.”


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