

Uri Bram writes popular books with a conceptual, visual
approach to statistics. Bram believes that it is possible to learn
statistical concepts without understanding statistical techniques, and that
the concepts on their own can be a huge help for students when examining and
interpreting the world around us.
Contact Uri at uri@uribram.com. Check out his
homepage.
Statistics Books:
Everyday Statistics
by Uri Bram (www.everydaystats.com) [Forthcoming]
Everyday Statistics is the book that makes introductory
probability and statistics simple, accessible and engaging for high school
and college students of all ages. Its clear, visual presentation brings
usually confusing statistical topics alive for students; engaging examples,
cute stories, and relatable subject matter make key statistical topics more
fun and more memorable; detailed, stepbystep explorations of
oftenconfusing calculations help even struggling students to feel
completely comfortable.
Everyday Statistics (To be released)
Table of Contents
 SECTION 1: Probability Chapter 1: Probability Space
Chapter 2: Conditional Probability Chapter 3: Independent Probability
 SECTION 2: Centres and Spreads Chapter 4: Averages
Chapter 5: Standard Deviations
 SECTION 3: Distributions Chapter 6: The Binomial
Distribution Chapter 7: Understanding Distributions Chapter 8: The
Normal Distribution
Excerpts
"Our story begins with randomness. More precisely: our
story begins by cleverly dodging how exactly to deﬁne randomness, an
incredibly slippery and mindblowing concept that much smarter people than
us spend a long time arguing about. (Throughout this book, we will in fact
be cleverly dodging the dirty details while we get our heads around the key
intuitions behind the big ideas in statistics)."
"The problem in statistics (and in all subjects, really)
is that once you get to be an Incredibly Knowledgeable Expert, it’s easy to
forget just how many of the “basic” concepts are completely unintuitive
until you know them. It’s far too easy to find statistics classes where the
material feels difficult because the basic concepts are just assumed to be
obvious."
Thinking Statistically
by Uri Bran and Katie Hsih.
Amazon
"This book will teach you how to think like a
statistician, without worrying about formal statistical techniques. Along
the way we learn how selection bias can explain why your boss doesn’t know
he sucks (even when everyone else does); how to use Bayes’ Theorem to decide
if your partner is cheating on you; and why Mark Zuckerberg should never be
used as an example for anything."
Thinking Statistically (First edition: October 2011;
Current edition: February 2013)
Topics covered: Selection Bias, Endogeneity, and Bayes' Theorem
Excerpts:
"There are lots of valid things we can say about a
population from a smaller sample of it, if that sample is truly random.
There are even lots of valid things we can say about a population if our
sample is biased in some systematic way that we understand and correct for.
The real problems occur when our sample is biased and we fail to account for
that"
"Sherlock Holmes said that “when you have eliminated the
impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth;”* what
he was really saying was that, “If P(EHothers)=0, H1 is correct even if
P(EH1) is very small.” (Why that phrasing didn’t go in the Holmes books is
a mystery only to me)."
"If you see a piece of social science reported in the
media, one of your first questions should probably be “is there an
endogeneity problem here?” This is not necessarily the first question you
should ask about social science research in general, but there seems to be a
kind of endogeneity problem with the kind of social science that gets
reported in the media, namely that the kind of papers that make it into the
news are unusually likely to suffer from endogeneity problems. To a stats
nerd, this passes as pretty funny"
Reviews:

John Haigh  Emeritus Reader
(Mathematics), University of Sussex: "This whimsical slim volume … uses
simple examples to illustrate its points, largely eschews equations, and
can be comfortably absorbed inside an hour. ‘Less is more’ is well
exemplified in its fortyodd pages … just as literature enthusiasts will
reread favourite books, despite knowing the characters and plot
insideout, so readers can revisit this book to appreciate its messages,
delivered with charm and good humour."

Brian Clegg 
PopularScience.co.uk: "This is a delightful little book … excellent both
as providing a bit of understanding for those making use of statistical
methods (it’s all too easy to just crank the handle without
understanding what you are doing and thereby come up with the wrong
results) and as an introduction for the general reader … a very readable
little book."

Josh Kaufman  NYT
Bestselling author of The Personal MBA: "Thinking Statistically explains
essential concepts in statistics with wit and flair. Instead of page
after page of mathematical mumbojumbo, Uri Bram tells stories that
clearly illustrate the core ideas. The math is there, but the
illustrations make each formula easy to follow and remember."
The Game Theory
by Uri Bran
Amazon
The Game Theory is a
lighthearted look at the world of dating through the lens of economic
theory. If you’ve ever wondered about the ups and downs of playing
hardtoget; how to give gifts that will actually be appreciated; or why
your partner isn’t willing to hang up the phone first, this is the book for
you. It will help you find love, learn economics, and (almost) certainly
find love through learning economics. Don't play the dating game without The
Game Theory.
Reviews:

Five Stars. I
learned things! By Hannah on February 8, 2013. "I very much
enjoyed this. It's readable on one plane flight, and you'll learn a
little about game theory (I mean, I'm very nonconfident with
math/theory, but he really dumbs it down to make it understandable) and
a little about dating, maybe, too. and a little about giftgiving...
which you probably need. and it made for a few good conversations in the
days after I read it!"

Five Stars. He's
done it again! By D. Allen on November 23, 2012. "Anyone
who has read Uri's first book 'Thinking Statistically' will know
how he has the capacity to bring humour and insight to bear on the
seemingly mundane. Well, he has done it again! This is a short book but
I read it at one sitting (and was nearly late for a meeting!) I was so
absorbed. Who would have thought that leggings played such a large role
in life? Where else would you get a deep understanding of Games Theory
based on the films of Hugh Grant (and Colin Firth)? At several points I
laughed out loud  but, here's the thing: I now understand much more
about Games Theory than I did when I sat down to read the book (and
possibly also quite a lot more about the dating habits of young men) 
and it did not hurt one bit. Buy this book now  and buy the first book
too. You will not be disappointed."
Oct 31, 2007
March 23, 2013 