Conned Again, Watson!

Whenever I attend a WOPR, testing guru Ross Collard always mentions how central math is to what performance testers do. I agree. Math is central to performance testing and testing. The problem is, I can never seem to remember any of it!

James Bach turned me on to a handy little pocket reference that I keep in my backpack, but while it's good for a reference, it doesn't do much to get me thinking like a mathematician. I found a great book that does just that. It's about math, and it's fun to read: Conned Again, Watson! Cautionary Tales of Logic, Math, and Probability by Colin Bruce

The book covers mathematical fallacy, logic, and lots of probability and statistics. It's a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories where Holmes and Watson solve math problems (one of the problems is a problem James Bach once gave me to solve). It's well written, fun to read, and you learn something that's useful at work. I highly recommend it for those who can't remember their college course of statistics (if you can you are a better learner then me...).