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by. John Allen Paulos. · Rating details · 3, ratings · reviews. Dozens of examples in innumeracy show us how it affects not only personal economics. Paulos (mathematics, Temple U.) examines many aspects of popular culture, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims to. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos.

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It remains to be seen if Innumeracy will indeed be able, as Hofstadter hoped, to “help launch a revolution in math education that would do for innumeracy what Sabin and Salk did iohn polio”–but many of the improvements Paulos suggested have come to pass within 10 years.

Many of the examples used are adorably dated, late’s and early’s.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It was educational, and I learned a good amount of information.

Views Read Edit View history. The book was intriguing, and had many real world examples that put what it was teaching into perspective. Paulos does give the interesting idea of having those retired from those professions possibly innumerwcy some classes but in turn, it would require them to return to college for a teaching certificate which most are unwilling to do.

Return to Book Page. He’d hate that I used the adjective ‘cold,’ there This book speaks for itself. This interesting passage in the book proposes that a logarithmic safety index be used. His stated purpose is to appeal to innumerates with enjoyable and illuminating examples of everyday, as well as fanciful, uses of mathematics.

Psychology and Cognitive Biases. Other editions – View all Innumeracy: They are just examples to carry fairly obvious, unarguable points, so their relevance is more important than their quality. He innujeracy at real-world examples pauols stock scams, psychics, astrology, sports records, elections, sex discrimination, UFOs, insurance and law, lotteries and drug testing.


Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Finally, a few careless and condescending comments about women in science with merely the “required” mention of the underlying sexism behind the reduced ratio of women in STEM left a sour taste in my mouth and makes me hesitant to google the author for fear of another Hitchin’s style character take down. Innumeracy makes you look at yourself and others around you and see how understanding numbers can help you improve in numerous ways.

Paulos heaps on many marvelous examples of how we misapprehend risk and misinterpret data and generally make a jonn of many things having to do with numbers.

The appeal of this book comes from the nature of the author’s experience in having studied philosophy, literature and mathematics. Mistakes Were Made but not by me Carol Tavris. I find this is true in personal finance — not understanding the incredible scalable power of compound interestfor example, or in public finance — not grasping the power of large numbers when it comes to the national debt. Paulos writes about many subjects, especially of the dangers of mathematical innumeracy; that is, the layperson’s misconceptions about numbers, probability and logic.

Jun 18, Boosh rated it really liked it Shelves: Most of the book is a collection of examples commonly seen in other pop math books: Additionally, I will never pick up any book by Paulos again, nor will I read anything he recommends. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. From statistics to probability to the multiplication principle, this book has it all and is written in such a way that makes even the most boring subject interesting to any reader.

Read more Read less. What is This Thing Called Science? Account Options Sign in. Becoming a Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The author engaged in dry parlor tricks like estimating the number of grains of sand on earth. My puns and bad jokes aren’t pathological – I’m just studying!


Innumeracy – John Allen Paulos

I had never thought of it quite like that. Selected pages Title Page. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Jul 14, Manolo rated it liked it Shelves: For example, the danger of getting killed in a car accident is much greater than terrorism and this danger should be reflected in how we allocate our limited resources. He enumerates these fallacies in the preface Paulos, xii,xiv: Lists with This Book. At times the reader must patiently muster through detailed proofs.

Paulos flaunting his intellectual superiority via a litany of schizoid statistical and probabilistic scenarios. This doesn’t mean that one side or the other is necessarily likely to get that far ahead – but if someone DOES, by pure chance, then they’re likely to stay ahead.

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. I must admit that Mr. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. While it hasn’t completely killed my interest in coincidences, it tried valiantly to do so. Agriculture”s been here for approximately billion seconds ten thousand yearswriting for about billion seconds, and rock music has been around for only about one billion seconds.

At one point he says he finds it hard to write at length, preferring brevity and concision. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. For that matter, how mathematically literate is your doctor? However, he skates from there to explaining formal logic, probability theory, estimations, critiques of psuedo-science, and then to the reasons why so many people just don’t like math.