Main content


A guide to interesting, informative or just plain idiosyncratic numbers of the year. Plus, does probability really exist?

The year in numbers - people name and discuss the number which they found to be the most revealing or surprising. Plus, does probability really exist.
Contributors: David Spiegelhalter, Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University; Owen Spottiswoode,; Tracey Brown from Sense about Science; Jil Matheson, UK Statistics Authority; George Monbiot; Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust; Money Box presenter Paul Lewis; Sports Statistician, Robert Mastrodomenico; Dr Linda Yeuh Economics Correspondent at Bloomberg; Stand up Mathematician Matt Parker.

Available now

30 minutes

Last on

New Year's Day 2012 20:00


  • Fri 30 Dec 2011 16:30
  • New Year's Day 2012 20:00

Explore further with The Open University

Explore further with The Open University

Visit The Open University’s More or Less pages on OpenLearn

Download this programme

Download this programme

Subscribe to this programme or download individual episodes.