Timandra harkness cuts through the hype to put data science into its real life context using a wide range of stories people and places to reveal what is essentially a human science demystifying big data telling us where it comes from and what it can do big data then asks the awkward questions . Timandra writes comedy not computer code the only programs she makes are on the radio if you can read a newspaper you can read this book this book takes you from the basics what is data what makes it big all the way to the big questions about where big data is taking us is it too big for its boots or does it think too small. This evening writer comedian and data expert timandra harkness launches her book big data does size matter complete with a special mention of a certain black swan on page 23a long time friend of black swan timandra has written this guest post for our blog to celebrate. Big data knows you better than you know yourself or so it claims but how well do you know big data youve probably seen the phrase in newspaper headlines at work in a marketing meeting or on a fitness tracking gadget but can you understand it without being a silicon valley nerd who writes computer programs for fun yes yes you can . Big data does size matter by timandra harkness 365 rating details 121 ratings 19 reviews from the first tally scratched on a wolf bone over thirty thousand years ago to the large hadron collider which produces forty million megabytes of data per second data is big and getting bigger ms harkness tackles a huge subject
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