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An Adventure in Statistics : The Reality Enigma
by Andy Field and James Iles


Overview - Shortlisted for the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers Award for Innovation in Publishing 2016

An Adventure in Statistics: The Reality Enigma by best-selling author and award-winning teacher Andy Field offers a better way to learn statistics.
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Overview
Shortlisted for the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers Award for Innovation in Publishing 2016

An Adventure in Statistics: The Reality Enigma by best-selling author and award-winning teacher Andy Field offers a better way to learn statistics. It combines rock-solid statistics coverage with compelling visual story-telling to address the conceptual difficulties that students learning statistics for the first time often encounter in introductory courses--guiding students away from rote memorization and toward critical thinking and problem solving. Field masterfully weaves in a unique, action-packed story starring Zach, a character who thinks like a student, processing information, and the challenges of understanding it, in the same way a statistics novice would. Illustrated with stunning graphic novel-style art and featuring Socratic dialogue, the story captivates readers as it introduces them to concepts, eliminating potential statistics anxiety.

The book assumes no previous statistics knowledge nor does it require the use of data analysis software. It covers the material you would expect for an introductory level statistics course that Field's other books (Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics and Discovering Statistics Using R) only touch on, but with a contemporary twist, laying down strong foundations for understanding classical and Bayesian approaches to data analysis.

In doing so, it provides an unrivaled launch pad to further study, research, and inquisitiveness about the real world, equipping students with the skills to succeed in their chosen degree and which they can go on to apply in the workplace.

The Story and Main Characters

The Reality Revolution

In the City of Elpis, in the year 2100, there has been a reality revolution. Prior to the revolution, Elpis citizens were unable to see their flaws and limitations, believing themselves talented and special. This led to a self-absorbed society in which hard work and the collective good were undervalued and eroded.

To combat this erosion, Professor Milton Grey invents the reality prism, a hat that allows its wearers to see themselves as they really are--flaws and all. Faced with the truth, Elpis citizens revolt, destroy and ban all reality prisms.

The Mysterious Disappearance
Zach and Alice are born soon after all the prisms are banned. Zach, a musician who doesn't understand science, and Alice, a geneticist who is also a whiz at statistics, are in love. One night, after making a world-changing discovery, Alice suddenly disappears, leaving behind a song playing on loop and a file with her research on it.

Statistics to the Rescue
Sensing that she might be in danger, Zach follows the clues to find her, as he realizes that the key to discovering why Alice has vanished is in her research. Alas He must learn statistics and apply what he learns in order to overcome a number of deadly challenges and find the love of his life.

As Zach and his pocket watch, The Head, embark on their quest to find Alice, they meet Professor Milton Grey and attractive Celia, battle zombies, cross a probability bridge, and encounter Jig: Saw, a mysterious corporation that might have something to do with Alice's disappearance...

The Sample Chapters
...Does Zach find Alice? Don't miss the sample chapters and learn how this intriguing story will help keep your students engaged.

Author News

- "Eight years ago I had the idea to write a fictional story through which the student learns statistics via a shared adventure with the main character..." Read the complete article from Andy Field on writing his new book

- Times Higher Education article: "Andy Field takes statistics adventure to a new level"

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Video Links

Go behind the scenes and learn more about the man behind the book:

- Watch Andy talk about why he created a statistics book using the framework of a novel and illustrations by one of the illustrators for the show, Doctor Who.

- See more videos on Andy's YouTube channel


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781446210451
  • ISBN-10: 1446210456
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 768
  • Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds


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