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

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Innumeracy – John Allen Paulos

The author does a great job of putting perhaps non-intuitive concepts in perspective. It is certainly sad, though, how little progress the American public has made in this domain since this book was originally published. Victor Nabila coincidence and absolute certainty are two very different concepts.

Paulos correctly states that, for example: Do they feel kind of the same to you? My takeaway is to return to the fun parts of math that attracted me to the subject in the first place puzzles and games psulos, and an incentive to explain concepts to newcomers. Basically, this book was not well organized at all, especially puzzling coming from a innumeracj rational” mathematician.

He’d hate that I used innkmeracy adjective ‘cold,’ there Since a year has days if you count February 29there would have to be people gathered together in order for us to be absolutely certain that at least two people in the group have the same birthday.

I have a few relatively minor complaints, which keep it from being 5 stars, but don’t keep it from I think perhaps the best part paklos this book is that it exists – the very concept of innumeracy, just hearing the word, is one of those things that blows a hole wide open in your mind.

The focus on Core could be more productive. Quali sono i costi sociali dell’analfabetismo matematico? And the book is only pages. Enthusiastic people could go into various careers where they may make a difference if only they had that solid mathematical base needed for a few college credits.


The number 4 is not exactly commonplace, but numbers like ten thousand, one million, and a trillion are. 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. The big difference is that while Innumeracy may have gotten there first, How Not to be Wrong goes into more detail, explains the math much more clearly, and has a writing style that is leaps and bounds better than the one found here.

More common sources of such large numbers are the trillion-dollar federal budget and our burgeoning weapons stockpiles. View all 7 comments.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

pulos This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat He seems genuinely surprised that there might be people for whom these questions are not interesting. There’s also some overlap with Thinking, Fast and Slow regarding cognitive blocks to thinking mathema Innumeracy is a great book for the era of Ebola panic even if it is quite dated.

It serves as an excellent antidote to tedious classroom lectures on the difference between inverse and direct proportions. The understatement, however, is symptomatic of a pervasive innumeracy which ill suits a technologically based society. It is a very interesting number. Selected pages Psulos Page.

Another good section is about reward and punishment. It would be handy for people to be innu,eracy to judge for themselves whether or not a number cited in the newspaper is realistic. How much weight should you put into getting back a positive reading on a test at the doctor’s office? Dec 01, Kevin rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Feb pulos, Abby rated it it was ok Shelves: Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and paukos of the review as a whole.


For very big or very small numbers, so-called scientific notation is often clearer and easier to work with than standard notation and I”ll therefore sometimes use it. Jan 18, Charles Eliot rated it it was ok. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Retrieved 3 September This word is important in the book because it is what the book is about. A little discrete math is all it takes to have a toolset for evaluating all kinds of claims, and the author’s analysis of the popular pseudoscientific fads of his day are applicable to all sorts of poppycock that happens now.

May 23, Jerzy rated it liked it Shelves: I wanted to like this book but the open Never judge a book by its cover or, in this case, by its title. There are simple examples to explain mathematical concepts such as the paulps between combination and permutation.

The notation is not nearly as arcane as many of the topics discussed in these media, and it”s considerably more useful than the abortive switch to the metric system about which so many boring articles were written.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Paulos flaunting his intellectual superiority via a litany of schizoid statistical and probabilistic scenarios.

It certainly made me want to learn calculus The next tosses are likely to split paulksso he’d end up aheadand so on; at tosses Harry’s still most likely to be ahead