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Circles in the Snow (Sheriff Bo Tully Mysteries) by Patrick F Mcmanus
Circles in the Snow (Sheriff Bo Tully Mysteries)

Thomas Kirby, June 13, 2014

The latest (and maybe the last) in the Bo Tully mysteries of Pat McManus is as funny as all the rest. Only one death, but no shortage of suspects, because nobody could stand the guy. Makes for quick reading, too!
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Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom by Leila Schneps
Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom

Thomas Kirby, June 5, 2014

The book was very informative, and I liked the author's style of presenting a simplified example of the math incorrectly used, before describing a court case and how it applied. Unfortunately, there weren't many happy endings. Even after being exonerated, most of the subjects had already had their lives ruined. I think my favorite case was the cold case arrest of a rapist/killer where both the prosecution and the defense abused the math, and the author showed a better way to calculate the probability.

Good job!
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Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus

Thomas Kirby, April 13, 2014

This is a very interesting book regarding the history of rabies. One of the most interesting parts for me was the section describing how some patients were successfully treated after contracting rabies, a disease that used to be considered 100 percent fatal. That was news to me.
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Who's on Worst?: The Lousiest Players, Biggest Cheaters, Saddest Goats and Other Antiheroes in Baseball History by Filip Bondy
Who's on Worst?: The Lousiest Players, Biggest Cheaters, Saddest Goats and Other Antiheroes in Baseball History

Thomas Kirby, April 13, 2014

This is a funny book, but my only complaint is that MOST of the players they mention are from relatively modern years. Had the author included more from when I was actively watching baseball, that is, before the strike cancelled the World Series, I would have rated the book 5 stars. The final chapter is on bad bosses, so the owners don't escape.
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Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data by Charles Wheelan
Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

Thomas Kirby, October 11, 2013

This is a great book for helping people interpret the statistics thrown at them by the media, and those with an agenda. The author does a good job of taking a subject that can be very dry and making it a little more entertaining. He tells us how the margin of error on polls is calculated, and shows how the statistics can be easily abused. The book does NOT contain a lot of math, it is intended for a wider audience.
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