Thursday 7th November| 7.30pm
The Crown Hotel | Harrogate

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How do you sew up heart surgery, the NHS, and the health of a nation? From transporting a donor’s heart up the motorway hard shoulder, to cautionary tales of excessive intervention gone awry in US hospitals. From a traumatic trip to bring advanced cardiac surgery to the Palestinian West Bank, Samer Nashef tells heart-stopping stories of transplants, coronary artery bypasses, aorta repair, and cardiac arrest. Enthralling, outspoken, and with a wonderful bedside manner, he also delivers humane advice about medical realities rarely observed: the futility of obsessing over diet, the necessity of calculating risks, the role of decision making, the resilience of doctor and patient alike, and the threadbare brilliance of the NHS.

Never before has criminal justice rested so heavily on scientific evidence. With ever-more sophisticated and powerful techniques at their disposal, forensic scientists have an unprecedented ability to help solve even the most complex cases. Angela Gallop has been a forensic scientist for over 40 years. After joining the Forensic Science Service, the first crime scene she attended was for a case involving the Yorkshire Ripper. As well as working on a wide range of cases in many countries around the world, she is now the most sought-after forensic scientist in the UK, where she has helped solve numerous high-profile cases. From the crime scene to the courtroom, Angela shares the remarkable story of a life spent searching for the truth in When the Dogs Don’t Bark.

Statistics has played a leading role in our scientific understanding of the world for centuries, yet we are all familiar with the way statistical claims can be sensationalised for ‘clickbait’ headlines. In the age of big data, a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important than ever. So how can we communicate numbers, risks and unavoidable uncertainty in a transparent and trustworthy way? Drawing on real-world problems, David Spiegelhalter shows us how statistics can help us determine the luckiest passenger on the Titanic, whether serial killer Harold Shipman could have been caught earlier, and if screening for cancer is beneficial. In The Art of Statistics, David guides the reader through the essential principles we need in order to derive knowledge from data.

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