A guide to the most concerning, striking and downright extraordinary numbers of 2021. Tim Harford asks three More or Less interviewees about their most significant and memorable figure over the past year. From the excess death toll of Covid-19; to declining total fertility rates, and a spike in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, we showcase the numbers that tell us something about the year gone by. During this programme, we speak to Hannah Ritchie, head of research at Our World in Data and senior researcher at the University of Oxford; Marina Adshade, Economics Professor at the University …
the undercover economist,
science & medicine,
news & politics,
How to buy gifts people actually want.
Infection vs injection: Could prior infection provide 27 times more protection?
Is it true wearing a mask reduces Covid-19 incidence by 53%?
A tricky statistical phenomenon at play.
How a well-meaning TikTok disrupted 4,600 studies
Can a vegan croissant really be worse for the environment than a bacon roll?
Why the same data can produce different conclusions.
Tim Harford talks to author Deborah Stone about her book which explores counting.
Could you survive a round in Squid Game, and how many have watched it?
A look at the work of this year’s winners of the most prestigious prize in economics.
A chat with More or Less's founding producer and presenter plus the first episode in full
A look back at our origins, plus the usual mix of numerical nous and statistical savvy.
Can Machiavelli help women get a better deal in the workplace?
Expensive electricity, inadequate insulation, and a tale of tumbling trees.
A coronavirus check-in, our daily mask use measured, and the universal credit cut.
Tim Harford talks to Jordan Ellenberg about the pandemic, geometry and drinking straws.
Why is estimating the number of unvaccinated people so tricky? And how deadly is 2021?
How worried should we be about antibodies? Plus food that shortens life.
Did the war in Afghanistan cost the US $2 trillion?