Sir David Spiegelhalter: There's no such thing as Blue Monday
Statistician and Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge Sir David Spiegelhalter explains the pseudoscience behind Blue Monday, the power of numbers, and how to spot a dodgy stat.
Sir David Spiegelhalter is a statistician and Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. He has made it his mission to expose those who misuse statistics, and to teach the general public how to more accurately interpret the data, numbers and risks being reported to them.
In this episode of the Science Focus Podcast he speaks to BBC Focus' commissioning editor, Jason Goodyer, about the pseudoscience behind Blue Monday, the power of numbers, and how to spot a dodgy stat.
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Jason is the commissioning editor for BBC Science Focus. He holds an MSc in physics and was named Section Editor of the Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors in 2019. He has been reporting on science and technology for more than a decade. During this time, he's walked the tunnels of the Large Hadron Collider, watched Stephen Hawking deliver his Reith Lecture on Black Holes and reported on everything from simulation universes to dancing cockatoos. He looks after the magazine’s and website’s news sections and makes regular appearances on the Science Focus Podcast.