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. 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 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 . 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 . Timandra harkness writes comedy not computer code the only programmes she makes are on the radio starting with the basics what is data and what makes it big timandra takes you on a whirlwind tour of how people are using big data today from science to smart cities business to politics self quantification to the internet of things
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