Looking at the numbers

The Wall Street Journal launched a new column The Numbers Guy — “a new column on the way numbers and statistics are used – and abused – in the news, business and politics.” First column was about how deadly is bird flu?

I couldn’t help wondering if Crichton’s State of Fear served to help launch the column. Here’s a NY Times profile of Crichton and the book. Crichton’s web site has speeches he’s given in recent years.

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