First Year Book 2013-2014

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Our 2014-15 First Year Book:

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INSTANT: The Story of Polaroid

by Christopher Bonanos


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Introducing the 2013-2014 First Year Book:

The Signal and the Noise

Why so many predictions fail — but some don’t.

By Nate Silver

The Signal and the Noise asks us a very important question: why do really smart people make really bad decisions?  In a world that’s increasingly data-rich, it is becoming more difficult to find useful information among the excess — the signal in the noise.  Silver takes us through a diverse array of topics — from baseball, sports, and poker to weather, the stock market, and politics — in order to demonstrate that prediction is a skill we use in everyday life, a skill that can be practiced in order to discern the good information from the bad and use it to make better decisions in our daily lives, but also in the real world.  He demonstrates that the same tools we use to make predictions in areas like sports and games can be used to forecast bigger issues like political elections, hurricanes, and national security.

All first year students of the University of Maryland are welcome to pick up a free copy of the Signal and the Noise by visiting room 2110 of Marie Mount Hall during normal business hours.  The books are available for pick-up during regular office hours, from 9-5, Monday-Friday.
You can find us at 2110 Marie Mount, College Park, MD , located on the southwest end (north is facing McKeldin Library) of McKeldin Mall.  Marie Mount is next to Woods Hall and directly across Chapel Drive from the Memorial Chapel. We are located on the second floor in room 2110, which is to the right at the top of the stairs if you use the main Mall entrance. We look forward to seeing you and giving you your copy of The Signal and the Noise!

In early 2014, we will be starting an alumni book group for The Signal and the Noise.  If you are a UMD alumni and are interested in participating, please email us at for more information.  The book is available on Amazon here.



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