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Florence Nightingale Lecture 2019 – Sir David Spiegelhalter

30 Apr 19

The Florence Nightingale Lecture will be given by Sir David Spiegelhalter, OBE, FRS, on Tuesday 30th April 2019 in the Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Statistics at 3.30pm.

Title:         What would Florence Nightingale make of the way data is being used today?

Abstract:  Florence Nightingale is popularly known for her role in nursing, but statisticians know her as a prime innovator in using statistical evidence, forcefully communicated, as a basis for public policy. If alive today, she might be overjoyed at the availability of data and the widespread use of powerful graphics, particularly in understanding international development. She saw the primary purpose of statistics as a means of understanding God’s work, so she might not be so impressed with misinformation and manipulation with numbers. But the crucial question remains: would she use Twitter or not?

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the ground floor social area.

This event is kindly being sponsored by XTX Markets Ltd.