"For thousands of years, people have wondered might there be other life out there, like us, and for the first time, we’re on the verge of starting to answer those ancient questions."
Tim Harford, is an economist and journalist and the author of several books, including The Undercover Economist and The Undercover Economist Strikes Back. Harford talks about how he got into writing after being inspired by a scientist.
Statistics can be like words – they can be used in all sorts of ways, says Harford. He argues that really good data visualisations can be very effective but they can also be so seductive that we fail to ask the questions we should.