Tom Chivers

Science writer Tom Chivers discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Tom Chivers is science editor at His second book, How To Read Numbers: A Guide to Statistics in the News (and Knowing When to Trust Them), will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in March 2021. He is a two-time winner of the Royal Statistical Society’s Statistical Excellence in Journalism award, and was once told by Terry Pratchett that he was “far too nice to be a journalist”.

1. Goodhart’s Law

2. Kill Team and

3. Selection bias

4. Red kite

5. Coordination games

6. Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series

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