Sex by numbers - D. J Spiegelhalter

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Title
Sex by numbers - the statistics of sexual behaviour
Author
D. J Spiegelhalter
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Wellcome Collection
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20150402

Whatever society we live in, and however open-minded we like to think we
are, when it comes to our sex lives we all like to keep a few secrets.
But this makes the jobs of sexologists -- professionals who study sexual
behaviour -- pretty difficult.Luckily, David Spiegelhalter,
Professor of Risk at Cambridge University, is here to unravel the web of
exaggerations, misdirections and downright lies that surround sex in
modern society. Drawing on the Natsal survey, the widest survey of
sexual behaviour since the Kinsey Report, he answers crucial questions
such as what are we all doing? How often? And how has it changed?Accompanying a major Wellcome exhibition on the same subject, Sex by Numbers is an informed and entertaining look at the most enduring of human obsessions, from one-night stands to the seven-year itch.WELLCOME COLLECTIONWellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we think and feel about health. Inspired by the medical objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection exhibitions, events and books explore a diverse range of subjects, including consciousness, forensic medicine, emotions, sexology, identity and death. Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive, funding over 14,000 researchers and projects in more than 70 countries.wellcomecollection.org

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David Spiegelhalter OBE is Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He is a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and the Royal Society. In 2014 David Spiegelhalter received a knighthood at the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to statistics.

Teems with eyebrow-raising numbers, which have been verified by the strongest statistical tools in academia's arsenal
BBC Focus - Zoe Cormier

Rewarding ... David Spiegelhalter manages to make the figures side of sex stats seem as interesting as the sexual, which is quite a feat ... This is a clever, hugely readable book, sometimes titillating and occasionally astounding.
Sunday Times - James McConnachie

Yes. Yes. Yessssss. Finally: a book on statistics that the public will buy and want to read ... Full of gems ... Spiegelhalter has worked hard at this book. It would have been easy to have pulled out halfway through and done a quick and dirty job, but he is tenacious and goes at it for longer and harder than the average statistician ... A caring and careful book. In fact, I'd be tempted to recommend it to teenagers wanting to ask those embarrassing questions.
Times Higher Education - Danny Dorling

Eye-opening ... wryly enjoyable ... A book about statistics, even sexual statistics, may sound pretty dull. Spiegelhalter has managed to make his both lively and informative.
Sunday Business Post - Andrew Lynch

Fascinating stuff
Independent

Eye-popping stuff ... Spiegelhalter's writing is erudite but witty, honest and personal. And the wonderful footnotes alone are worth the cover price.
Financial Times - Isabel Berwick

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Sex - Statistics.|Sex - Statistical methods.|Sex.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
360

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