Peter Flom
I am a statistician, working with a wide variety of clients, mostly researchers in psychology, education, medicine, social sciences and other fields.
I also have given talks and written articles on learning disabilities and related issues.
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I also have given talks and written articles on learning disabilities and related issues.
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Players of American Football Have Smaller Hippocampuses Than ControlsI summarize an article about the relationship between playing football and the size of the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with memory.

Sleeping With Cats HaikuHow to sleep with cats and not get scratched

Book Review: 'Red Rising' by Pierce BrownI review the science fiction novel 'Red Rising' by new author Pierce Brown.

Elementary Math, Beautiful Math: The Highest of Two DiceI describe a problem with dice and probability

Book Review: Tragic by Robert K. TanenbaumI review this police/courtroom novel by Robert K. Tanenbaum, the latest in the Butch Karp series.

MeaningA poem about what "meaning" means and how we find it.

Book Review: Angelmaker by Nick HarkawayI review this novel by Nick Harkaway.

Book Review: Bill the Galactic Hero by Harry HarrisonI review this science fiction novel by Harry Harrison.

Elementary Math, Beautiful Math: A License Plate Brain TeaserThis puzzle involves thinking about multiplication and factors.

Book Review: The Martian by Andy WeirI review this science fiction novel by Andy Weir

Elementary Math, Beautiful Math: Differences of SquaresI show a neat fact about the differences of squares.

Elementary Math, Beautiful Math: Squares That Are Consecutive DigitsIn this series I look at interesting math problems that involve only elementary math. In this article I answer a question about square numbers.

Michigan Senate Race 2014: Terry Lynn Land Vs. Gary Peters UPDATE July 2I profile the race for the Michigan senate seat left open by Carl Levin

Louisiana Senate Race 2014: Can Landrieu Be Reelected? UPDATE July 2I outline the race for Senate in Louisiana, which pits the the incumbent Democrat, Mary Landrieu, against a "jungle primary" with multiple opponents.

Kentucky Senate Race 2014: Alison Lundergran Grimes Vs. Mitch McConnell UPDATE June 26I profile the race for Senate from Kentucky in 2014.

Book Review: Declarer Play at Bridge: A Quizbook by Barbara Seagram and David BirdI review this book on the play of the hand at bridge.

Book Review: Terms of Enlistment by Marko KloosI review this book, clearly the first in a series, by new writer Marko Kloos.

Georgia Senate Race 2014: Michelle Nunn Against a Republican to Be Chosen in a Primary UPDATED June 18I describe the Georgia senate race for 2014, which will almost certainly pit Michelle against a Republican to be chosen in a primary on May 20

Arkansas Senate Race 2014 UPDATE June 13I profile the race for Senate in Arkansas in 2014, which pits Sen Mark Pryor, a Democrat, against Rep. Tom Cotton, a Republican.

The Alaska Senate Race 2014: Can Begich Hold On? Updated June 16I analyze the race for Senate in Alaska in 2014; I will update this with new polling results as I learn of them.

Senate Races 2014: General Outlook as of March 3, 2014An overall look at the Senate races for 2014.

Great Quotations: The Cost of the MilitaryI give a quotation about the true cost of the military and muse on it.

Let's Play Some MathSome thoughts on how math could be done.

Can Drugs Treat Down Syndrome?I review a recent article about possible drug treatments for Down Syndrome

Book Review: The Passage of Power by Robert A. CaroI review The Passage of Power by Robert A Caro, the 4th volume in his biography of Lyndon Johnson.

All Models Are Wrong, but Some Are Useful  a Statistics Quote From George BoxI discuss the meaning of the quotation from George Box: "All models are wrong, but some are useful."

Book Review: Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker by Stanley CrouchA partial biography of Charlie Parker, the legendary saxophonist, along with thoughts on race and music in the early 20th century.

Two HandsA poem about romance across a table

Elementary Math, Beautiful Math: Products of Fibonacci SequencesI show a proof on an interesting theory about Fibonacci sequences.

Elementary Math, Beautiful Math: Series Approximations for PiI show some formulas for approximating pi.

A Song for Online Bridge PlayersI parody "Home on the range" for bridge players, especially online players.

Elementary Math, Beautiful Math: Two Proofs That the Harmonic Series DivergesI describe what series are, in general, then what the harmonic series is. Then I show two proofs that it diverges.

Skiing HaikuA haiku about skiing

Elementary Math, Beautiful Math: Sums of Consecutive Integers, a Beautiful PatternI show a beautiful pattern in the addition of consecutive integers and prove that it continues

No NoteA poem about suicide.

Elementary Math, Beautiful Math: The Square Root of 2 is IrrationalI outline a proof that the square root of 2 is irrational.

Book Review: Turing and Burroughs: A Beatnick SF Novel by Rudy RuckerI review this "Beatnik SF novel" by mathematician Rudy Rucker

Book Review: The Mallet of Loving Correction by John ScalziI review this collection of posts from John Scalzi's blog "Whatever".

Elementary Math, Beautiful Math: Sums of Consecutive Odd IntegersI show how sums of consecutive odd numbers are squares.

Elementary Math, Beautiful Math: The Primes Go on Forever: Three ProofsI outline four proofs that the prime numbers go on forever.

Elementary Math, Beautiful Math: Sums of Consecutive IntegersI discuss a method for adding consecutive integers.

Book Review: Making Money by Terry PratchettI review this Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett

Elementary Math, Beautiful Math: An Interesting Property of Fibonacci NumbersI describe a property of grouping Fibonacci numbers

Book Review  American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon MeachamI review this biography of Andrew Jackson

Book Review: Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt GodelI review this biography of the logician Kurt Godel

FashionThis is a satiric poem about fashion and design.

Falling LeavesA poem about falling leaves

Movie Review: Bad GrandpaI review the movie Bad Grandpa.

Voting LimerickThis is a limerick about voting and elections.

The MournersA poem about death and mourning

March on Washington HaikuA haiku about the march on Washington, Aug 28, 2013.

Book Review: 'Robert Oppenheimer: A Life in the Center' by Ray MonkI review this book by Ray Monk about the physicist Robert Oppenheimer.

The to Do ListA poem about to do lists and tasks left undone.

Capital HaikuA haiku for our nation's capital.

Your You're YoreA poem about you're, your, and yore.

Book Review: 'Thud!' by Terry PratchettI review this Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett.

Why I Think George W. Bush Was the Worst President EverI outline the failures of the George W. Bush presidency.

Book Review: 'Thief of Time' by Terry PratchettA review of "Thief of Time" by Terry Pratchett.

Sushi HaikuA haiku about sushi.

Five Tips from a StatistiicanSome tips from a freelance statistician

Georgia Senate Race 2014: Michelle Nunn Decides to RunAfter Saxby Chambliss retired, a whole bunch of Republicans entered a primary to replace him. Now, a Democrat has emerged to face them in November.

Never ActuallyA poem about not quite "just doing it."

Book Review: Ghost Hero by S. J. RozanI review Ghost Hero, a mystery by S. J. Rozan

Book Review: Arguably by Christopher HitchensI review this collection of essays by the late Christopher Hitchens

Three DreamsA poem about dreams.

Tigers and CicadasA poem about what lives.

Summer HaikuA haiku about summer

Spicy HaikuA haiku about spicy food

Book Review: How You Can Play like an Expert Without Having to Be One by Mel CochamiroThis bridge book is a collection of rules for playing better; most of the rules are about bidding. It is useful for intermediate players.

Why I Won't Vote for Anthony Weiner for Mayor (at Least, Not in the Primary)I outline why, despite agreeing with Weiner's positions on many issues, I won't vote for him in the primary.

Book Review: Weird Life by David ToomeyI review this book by David Toomey, which explores how different life can be.

Book Review: Flynn by Gregory McDonaldThis is a a review of Flynn, the first in a series of mysteries by Gregory McDonald.

Adding Fractions: Why We Need a Common DenominatorI offer some thoughts on adding fractions with different denominators. In particular, I show why we need to find a common denominator and why doing so is actually intuitive.

Desert HaikuA haiku about lizards in the desert.

A Hammock in the ShadeThis is a poem about hammocks.

Football PoemA poem about football

Murderous LimerickA limerick about a murder

Butterfly HaikuA haiku about butterflies

Autism Awareness Day HaikuA haiku for autism awareness day (April 2)

Spring Training HaikuA haiku about the start of baseball season.

March Madness HaikuA haiku about the NCAA basketball tournament

April Fool's Cruel RulesA poem about April Fool's day

Poetic LicenseThis is a poem about what poetry is.

God is a ProtonA poem about the universe

Ruzzle: If You like Boggle, This is for YouRuzzle is a version of Boggle for handheld devices including Droid, iPhone and iPad. It's a lot of fun.

Book Review: Ghostman by Roger HobbsI review this crime novel by Roger Hobbs.

Book Review: Far from the Tree by Andrew SolomonI review this recent book by Andrew Solomon.

Georgia Senate Race 2014: Still Wide OpenI update the state of the 2014 United States Senate race in Georgia.

Presidential Race 2016I give an early snapshot of the presidential race in 2016

Book Review: Dead Souls by Ian RankinI review the latest in the John Rebus series by Ian Rankin

Lives of Former Presidents: Andrew JacksonI outline what our 7th president, Andrew Jackson, did after he was president.

Lives of Former Presidents: John Quincy AdamsI outline what the sixth president, John Quincy Adams, did after his presidency.

Lives of Former Presidents: James MonroeI outline what James Monroe, our fifth president, did after leaving office

City SnowA poem about snow storms in cities

Lives of Former Presidents: James MadisonI outline what James Madison, our 4th president, did after leaving office.

Book Review: Ringworld by Larry NivenI review Ringworld, the classic science fiction novel about a very unusual world.

Book Review: Rayburn: A Biography by D. B. Hardeman and Donald C. BaconThis is a review of a biography of Sam Rayburn, longtime Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Lives of Former Presidents: Thomas JeffersonI outline what our 3rd president, Thomas Jefferson, did after leaving the White House.

Restaurant Review: Szechuan Gourmet in Manhattan, New York CityI review the restaurant Szechuan Gourmet on West 56th street in Manhattan.

Lives of Former Presidents: John AdamsI outline what President John Adams did after he left office.