The Anonymous Widower

Practical Risk Taking

David Spiegelhalter is Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University. His personal home page doesn’t look like most you find for academics of his august reputation.

We will all have the chance to see him on television tonight.

Not in some economics program about what the various rating agencies think of the euro or a discussion on the risk of smoking, but in the first edition of the BBC’s new series called Winter Wipeout. In an article in The Times today, he said that he considered it an obligation under my terms of employment to apply.

What did the University’s Health and Safety Department say?  He does not disclose this in The Times.

Let’s hope though, that after his performance, where I hope he does well, that the politicians, bankers, businessmen and the general public take statistics more seriously. And act on what they say they should do!

December 17, 2011 - Posted by | World | , ,

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