The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Norm Chronicles Features Norm and his friends careful Prudence and reckless Kelvin, who turn to statistics to help him in life's endless series of choices - should I fly or take the train? Have a baby? Another drink? Or another sausage? This book tells the real story behind the statistics on risk, chance and choice.
- Published: 06 June 2013
- Format: Paperback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781846686207 ISBN 10: 1846686202
- Sales rank: 24,742
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Bet You Didn't Know ...
You may be interested to know (of course you are) that the risk of dying associated with having a general anaesthetic in a UK hospital is equivalent to riding around 70 miles on a motor bike or jumping out of a plane wearing a parachute. And that " ...in 2008 in New York State, there were 10,707 coronary artery bypass graft operations (CABGs) in 40 hospitals, and 194 patients died either in hospital or within 30 days -- a mortality rate of 1.8 per cent." However, these same statistics in the UK would be reported as a 98.2 per cent survival rate! (A reminder that while numbers don't lie, they can certainly change perceptions!)
Just one more set of numbers by way of illustration of what you'll find in 'The Norm Chronicles' ... "Surgery on heart valves (has) a higher risk: of 21,445 operations between 2006 and 2008, 1,120 patients died -- a mortality rate of 5.2 per cent. ...equivalent to around 5,000 parachute jumps, or two RAF bombing missions in the Second world War."
Bet you never thought of it like that before, did you?
These wonderful stats (and hundreds more similar "equivalents") are from this t'riffic little book that contains "stories and numbers about danger." The book uses Norm, the literal Mr Average, to take a look at the risks we all face (and fear we face) throughout our lives. From birth, through infancy, into the dangerous teen years of drugs, driving and extreme sports, to the perils of work, travel, radiation, space, crime and finally The End years, authors Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter have a ball pointing out the risks inherent in our lives. F'r instance, do you think it's "safer to have an all-body health scan or to stand a mile-and-a-half from the epicentre of the Hiroshima atom bomb?"
Then you'll just have to get the book!
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