Blue Dot: Fractions and understanding our world: a conversation with James Zimring
Host Dave Schlom visits with James Zimring, Professor of Experimental Pathology at the University of Virginia. In a follow-up to his seminal work, What Science is and How it Really Works, Zimring examines how our minds are, at times, not quite wired to think about the world in terms of fractions, which are the basis for much of statistics and data analysis.
In his new book, Partial/TRUTHS, Zimring uses examples from a wide array of human existence from ordering a hamburger to going to war. In a modern society that is bombarded by facts and figures, often used by bad actors to confuse us or our understandable wish to make the world fit into a view that makes sense to us, having some basic tools to evaluate claims based on numerical data is important. And Zimring makes it imminently interesting and accessible.