Extract Conf is a day of awesome data stories worth sharing. We’re gathering 500 of best minds in the dataverse on the 29 May, at The Brewery in London where thought leaders will share inspirational stories and teach you how to use the coolest data tooling on the market. In the run-up to the event, we want to start introducing you to some of our awesome speakers. Check out the conference & tickets.
First up, Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE a Professor for the Public understanding of Risk Centre for Mathematical Sciences at University of Cambridge and author of the magnificently titled book Sex by Numbers.
Talk at Extract 2015: “Sex By Numbers”
Most Brits are pretty shy about sharing their bedroom behaviour with the world, tending to opt for a tight-lipped approach when the subject is broached.
Luckily for us, Sir David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of Risk at Cambridge, is breaking down these social taboos in his new novel Sex By Numbers: What Statistics Can Tell Us About Sexual Behavior.
Remember the Kinsey Report? Well, we’d like to call this the Spiegelhalter Report. It might not exactly roll off the tongue, but Sex By Numbers analyzes the results of widest survey on sexual behaviour since good ol’ Alfred and Warrell shocked the world with their controversial 1950s report which focussed on our most intimate activities.
Much like his predecessors, David’s latest novel aims to “unravel the web of exaggerations, misdirections and downright lies that surround sex in modern society.” Using his wit and statistical knowledge, he answers the questions we’ve all been wondering: What are we doing? How often? How has it changed?
. . . and he’s going to tell you ALLLL about it at our annual conference, Extract.
What you’ll learn:
- How he drew on the ‘Natsal Survey’ technique to gather honest data on a very private subject matter.
- How sexual behavior has evolved over the decades.
- The range of some of the most enduring human obsessions, from one-night stands to the seven-year itch.
But before we welcome him to the stage on 29th May, here are some cool facts about the man himself:
10 Awesome Facts about David:
1. As one of the world’s leading statisticians, he is regularly called upon to help answer questions in high profile inquiries – like the one into the Harold Shipman murders, (David applied an industrial quality-control technique to data on the death of Shipman’s patients to see if his heinous crimes could have been detected any earlier), infant heart surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary and the PiP breast implant scandal.
2. Despite winning many awards and his research papers and being one of the most cited in his field David Spiegelhalter says he isn’t really that good at maths.
3. In 2006 David Received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
4. A fellow fan of a ‘catchy talk title’, David took to the stage for his TED Talk “Motorbikes, Terrorism, Heart Attacks, Sausages” (15 minutes of madness and sheer ingenuity!)
5. David came 7th in an episode of ‘Winter Wipeout’, filmed in Argentina. (Youtube it. Amazing)
6. In 2013 David released the novel, The Norm Chronicles: Stories and numbers about danger. The focus of the story is a fella called Norm (who, like all average specimens, feels himself to be uniquely special), and his friends careful Prudence and reckless Kelvin. Together, they turn to statistics to help Norm in life’s endless series of choices – Should I fly or take the train? Have a baby? Another drink? Or another sausage? Do a charity skydive or get a lift on a motorbike? With this adorable and interactive series, David shows that chance and risk aren’t just about numbers – it’s about what we believe and feel about the world around us.
7. David hosted the 2014 BBC Documentary “Tails You Win: The Science of Chance”. Tune in to see him cruising on a gondola and talking some serious science all at once!
9. David’s work on Sex by Numbers is currently part of an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection: Sexology Season – definitely check it out!
10. David presented the 2015 BBC TV Movie Documentary “Climate Change by Numbers”. Along with a team of scientists, David used numbers and figures to cut through the controversy and misconception surrounding climate change in the media.
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