Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Matt Parker is a highly enthusiastic Mathematician whose life goal is to make people more excited about Maths. Using a range of presentations and hands-on activities, he communicates Maths in a very engaging and entertaining way. His favourite number is currently 496.

Here's what he has to say about the current reporting of statistics in The Guardian (via blog):
It is the British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli who is famously credited with the phrase: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics" but the expression has been around almost as long as the word statistics (first coined in 1749 for those wondering). What is it about numerical data that sparks such distrust in people ?
To read more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2010/sep/29/statistics-lies-abuse