BBC Four announces new statistics documentary


  • Date: 05 October 2012

Further to the award-winning success of the innovative 'The Joy of Stats', BBC Four has announced a new documentary exploring the nature of chance.

Tails You Win – The Science of Chance’ is currently scheduled to be broadcast at 9pm on 18 October 2012 and will be presented by Professor David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University and CStat fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Like 'The Joy of Stats', which won the Grierson Award for Best Science/Natural History programme in 2011, BBC Four promises that 'Tails You Win' will have 'the same blend of wit and wisdom, animation, graphics and gleeful nerdery...applied to the joys of chance and the mysteries of probability, the vital branch of mathematics that gives us a handle on what might happen in the future. How can you maximise your chances of living till you're 100? Why do many of us experience so many spooky coincidences?'

The documentary also ponders more serious questions as to whether our lives are indeed decided by chance, how life expectancy is on the increase and introduces the Micromort which leads Spiegelhalter to decide to sky-dive as it increases his risk of dying this year from 7000 to only 7007 micromorts!

For further information on 'The Joy of Stats', please visit Significance Magazine website for further articles.

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