Random thoughts about random subjects… From science to literature and between manga and watercolours, passing by data science and rugby; including film, physics and fiction, programming, pictures and puns.
I first came across a mention of this book in the Summer 2020 number of Imperial, the magazine for the Imperial College Community in a feature note about the book.
It sounded like an interesting read and I had a look for the Princeton University Press book and to my surprise I found an version in Italian published by Rizzoli a few months earlier… I wonder how that worked out. It was cheaper and I was tempted to give it a go in Italian with the name Il tradimento dei numeri (i.e. “The betrayal of the numbers”…). I wonder what hidden story is behind all this…
In the end I decided to go for the English version… Let’s see how it goes.
David Hand is emeritus professor of mathematics at Imperial College London, a former president of the Royal Statistical Society, and a Fellow of the British Academy.
There is a website dedicated to the book: https://darkdata.website
Let’s see how many things I am already doing “right”… :)
OK… still going through this. I am finding hard to get through it… not because it is difficult or the actions are hard per se. However, the book was written for paper-based offices and physical files including Filofaxes, diaries and things that back in the day were useful (and I bet for some still are).
In my case, I find that the physical paper trail is no longer suitable (or desirable). I should check if there is an updated version for the 21st century! :)
Having said that, the tips and ideas are good, you may just have to adapt them for you and perhaps the lack of PA!!! Lol
I had read about the story when the news was breaking, and it was interesting then. The book has been in my reading pile for a while and with my recent watching “The inventor: Out for blood in Silicon Valley” I had to bump it up the list. Here we go!