Vidyarjan Nugget # 17: Website of Project Gutenberg

Perhaps the biggest repository of free e-books, Project Gutenberg offers over 57,000 free eBooks in HTML, EPUB and Kindle formats. No fee or registration is required. It has the world’s great literature with focus on older works for which copyright has expired. Yes, this collection is absolutely legal to access as you will not get a e-book here, which is a copyrighted work. We must take a note of the fact that thousands of volunteers have digitized and diligently proofread these eBooks, for our enjoyment and education. We can also volunteer for the same on the web site.

The link to this learning resource is http://bit.ly/vnl0017.

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Vidyarjan Nugget # 16: TED Talk titled “What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness”

We all hear of research studies that have been running for years. These are called longitudinal studies as against cross-sectional studies, which examine certain issue at a specific point of time. The longitudinal studies investigate specific issues over a long period of time. But are you aware of a study, which has been running for over 75 years? This is a Study of Adult Development run by Harvard Medical School. The goal of the study is to identify predictors of healthy aging and it attempts to answer the question, what makes a good life? Dr. Robert J. Waldinger, the current director of the study, has shared the findings of this study in a TED talk recorded in Nov 2015. Watched for over 25 million times, this talk shares the lessons from the longest study on happiness.

The link to this learning resource is http://bit.ly/vnl0016.

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Vidyarjan Nugget # 15: Book titled “How to lie with statistics”

Published in 1954, “How to lie with statistics” book pretends to educate us on how to lie with statistics. But the real and noble intent is to make us aware of pitfalls of blindly trusting statistics. It provides detailed elaboration along with illustrations, on how statistics can be used to deceive facts. In final chapter, it provides a list of five simple questions to ask, which can help uncover the truth. The book is available for free to read online.

The link to this learning resource is http://bit.ly/vnl0015.

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