…are particularly brilliant at explaining statistical concepts. This is partly because they are excellent writers and partly because they explain these concepts in the context of their application. But it is mostly because they have a sense of what is intriguing about statistical ideas: that they link together all sorts of philosophical and psychological issues; that they are surprising and frustrating in equal measure; that they are at the root of most of our wrong ideas about the world. This is everything that is left out of statistical text books. For a good example see Pinker on Poisson processes in The Better Angels of Our Nature (pp 244-245) where he explains how the process is linked to the Clustering illusion - Wikipedia. I’d completely missed that one.