Innumeracy by john allen paulos

Should you read it if you think you hate math and are turned off by math problems? He defines "innumeracy" as "an inability to deal comfortably with the fundamental notions of number and chance", and it seems as popular as ever. Never judge a book by its cover or, in this case, by its title. Yes, you may even get turned on.

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Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Paulos actually admits that mathematicians have a deserved reputation for arrogance, and also that he was attracted to math mainly because it gave him a way of feeling superior to others p. It then goes on to explain how to not be i Innumeracy is a book about how to not be ignorant of numbers and math. He looks at real-world examples in stock scams, psychics, astrology, sports records, elections, sex discrimination, UFOs, insurance pau,os law, lotteries and drug testing.

Perhaps in real life some people end up treated like "winners" or "losers" in general because they've ended up on the wrong side of the difference in wins; Harry here always seems to be ahead of Tom, even though Tom and Harry are each successful at only about half the things they attempt.

The pauloss parts of this book are the bits on probability and patterns. He then methodically recounts the money once, twice, three times. As he mentions in his new preface to the American edition, examples of widespread innumeracy still abound -- as the "infamous presidential election of " demonstrated so well.

Paulos is right in his outrage: How many 3-flavor cones can Baskin Robbins create with their 57 flavors without the repetition of a flavor within the cone? This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Paulos did alleh himself a gig at ABCNews.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos

How much Weighing in at pages, the interesting-things-learned-per-page of this title is exceedingly high. There's also some overlap with Thinking, Fast and Slow regarding cognitive blocks to thinking mathema Innumeracy is a great book for the jonn of Ebola panic even if it is quite dated.

To make small talk, he remarked thatthe number of the taxi which had brought him, was a rather dull number, to which Ramanujan replied immediately, "No, Hardy! The author's anger at the popularity of pseudosciences astrology, mediums, fortune-telling, etc.

I like this book, and recommend it to anyone with the time to read it. Jan 11, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: He does offer some important reminders and warnings about the misuse of statistics, probability and averages -- really interesting were two of the last points he makes, about the difference between statistical significance and practical significance, and then introducing his unique and highly useful safety logarithm.

Paulos speaks of "statistically meaningless", forgetting that this terminology is already enough to throw off most of his innumerate readers.

Dec 01, Kevin rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Those are two dependent scenarios, meaning I'd have to multiply them to get the likelihood that I ever pailos have liked this book, which comes out to.

Many of the examples used are adorably dated, late's and early's. To ask other readers questions about Innumeracyplease sign up.

The complete review 's Review:. The next tosses are likely to split aboutso he'd end up aheadand so on; at tosses Harry's still most likely to be ahead It is a very interesting number. It's one thing to continue educating myself with book such as these, and make headway towards being fooled less and less by ridiculous statistics and pseudoscience in general. He defines "innumeracy" as "an inability to deal comfortably with the fundamental notions of number and chance", and it seems as popular as ever.

Innumeracy - John Allen Paulos

When I tell others about doing sudoku puzzles, the usual comment is 'oh, I can't do math. Not Bad Reviews blakerosser Similar to Charles Seife's Proofiness, John Paulos discuss the devasting consequences of how innumeracy - people's inability to comprehend very large numbers - could be.

The author engaged in dry parlor tricks like estimating the number of grains of sand on earth. There are misconceptions regarding numbers and Mr. It then goes on to explain how to not innueracy innumerate, and gives several suggestions. Individual decisions and broader policy decisions are far too often made on the basis of badly understood statistics, data, and mathematical principles.

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