It is finally done!
You may order directly from the publisher here1. The book will also be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. in about a month. I’ll update this post with the links when the book is in the distribution channels. Order as many copies as humanely possible.
I have had several requests for signed copies. I’ll be happy to do this for people. If you want a signed book, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “SIGNED COPY” as a subject line, and include your address in the body of the email. I’ll buy a few books from the publisher and then re-ship them out to people who want a copy. The charge will be the same as the publisher’s plus the same as they charge for Media Mail shipping and handling ($5.90), plus $1.15 cents (to cover tax). This makes the cost an even US$32.00. Payment will be arranged through PayPal (apparently, you don’t have to have an account to pay this way). I’ll send those who email me a PayPal “Request for Payment”; after that is received, I’ll ship the book (anywhere in the world).
Because I first have to order copies, sign them and then mail them out, it will of course take longer for you to get your book. I will wait a couple of days to see how many people email so I have a rough idea of how many books I should order.
I have two permanent places for news of the book:
- My books tab (see upper right of screen): general news and information
- Code page: free R code examples, erratum, links to papers, data, etc.
Why is this book different?
Statistics has traditionally been taught decade after decade in a fashion that is long outdated. This book presents a brand new way of understanding probability and statistics at the introductory level. The approach taken does not require mindless memorization. There is very little math, and what there is requires nothing beyond multiplication and division. This book takes busy work out of standard statistics and puts insight back in.
The regular readers of my blog, where parts of this book previewed piece by piece, provided razor sharp editing and keen questioning and kept me from making major blunders. So thanks to (screen names) Mike D, JH, Harvey, Joy, Noahpoah, Harry G, Bernie, Lucia, Luis Dias, Noblesse Oblige, Charlie (Colorado), Dan Hughes, Mr C Physics, Jinnah Mohammed, Ari, Steve Hempell, Wade Michaels, Raphael, TCO, Sylvain, Schnoerkelmanon, and many others (sorry if I left you out!). Any mistakes left are obviously their fault.
I use the book in my own classes, of course, and a few other professors have been either using a draft or have expressed interest in the book for their classes. If, by some miracle, the book becomes popular, I’ll start working on a “Answers to Selected Exercises” or, given that I get substantial comments from actual class use, a Second Edition. But that is all in the far, far future.
If you are a professor of a statistics class and want to chat about the book, send me an email at email@example.com and we can set up a time to talk. I have had great success with this approach for beginning students and can let you know how I run the class. Some guidelines are also given in the Preface.
1The cover art looks terrible on the publisher’s page. They have scaled it down from an enormous PDF to a small JPEG and it is pixelated. It looks great when printed, however.