The sounds of places: mapping the world's musical taste

At Spotify, where I work, we have listeners in a large and growing numbers of countries around the world. You might theorize that people in different countries listen to different music. You might be curious to hear this music. If you are like me, you might be really curious, to the point of a kind of obsessive, consuming fear that there is awesome and bizarre and wonderful music in, say, Estonia, that you're not hearing.

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The best statistics book you've read this year?

Statistics plays a role in all walks of life - including literature. So, for our end-of-year issue, we want to celebrate 2014’s best books about (or involving) statistics. We’re looking for Significance readers to nominate their favourites and to explain - in 100 words or less - why they’d recommend the book.

How unreadable are James Joyce's novels?

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This month, readers of James Joyce worldwide celebrated Bloomsday on 16 June, the day in 1904 in which his novel Ulysses is set. The name alludes to the Ulyssean protagonist, Leopold Bloom, and commemorates the day when Joyce met his future wife Nora Barnacle.

Is the UK shunned at Eurovision?

It’s that time of the year again. One of the biggest events in Europe’s (and the world’s) cultural calendar, the Eurovision song contest is legendary.

The attention paid to this bizarre show is enormous. And with such levels of investment and discussion, analysis and coverage, come the inevitable accusations of tactical voting and prejudice. This was notoriously seen in 2007 when Terry Wogan declaimed the 'blatant bias' of the voting system. Many people get particularly upset about the supposed bias against the UK’s act.

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