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. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences. Front Cover. John Allen Paulos. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, – Mathematics – pages.

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Not Bad Reviews blakerosser That only applies to the ratio – the absolute difference between number of heads and number of tails is NOT guaranteed to approach zero.

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There are misconceptions regarding numbers and Mr. My puns and bad jokes aren’t pathological – I’m just studying! We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

My other complaint is that some of his arguments are poorly structured, but I am willing to forgive it because he is not really making any arguments that any reasonable person who would be reading the book would need to be air tight.

Calculations show that there are more than 4 pauloa states, 4 with 19 zeroes after it.

Jun 18, Boosh rated it really liked it Shelves: There are a lot of mathematical puzzles al,en fun and real-world examples of the mis application of seemingly abstract concepts. Innumeracy made the New York Times best seller the year it came out in There’s also an interesting comment about “winners” and “losers”.

So if I do poorly today I’m likely to do better tomorrow; and if I do well today I’m likely to do worse tomorrow. A ojhn stock broker sends out letters saying a stock will rise and letters saying it will fall.

Design by Sweb Development. Why not last it out? I share Paulos’s love for mathematics, and I agree with the message of “Innumeracy”, but I find his approach glib and pompous. Say that each of us tends to perform at some mean level on a particular task for example, if I throw darts, assume I’ll tend to hit near the bullseye 10 times out of Examples of collections each having a million elements, a billion elements, and so on, should be at hand for quick comparison.


Without some appreciation of common large numbers, it”s impossible to react with the proper skepticism to terrifying reports that more than a million American kids are kidnapped each year, or with the proper sobriety to a warhead carrying a megaton of explosive power–the equivalent of a million tons or two billion pounds of TNT. Paulos writes about many subjects, especially of the dangers of bg innumeracy; that is, the layperson’s misconceptions about numbers, probability and logic.

The stock falls so to the that got the initial falling letter, he sends out saying another stock will rise and that it will fall. I don’t have much more to say beyond the fact that thi Quick, essential reading.

Another good section is about reward and punishment.

I also liked his discussion of coincidences – for example, hearing in the morning that vivid details of your previous night’s dream match what you hear on the news. See 2 questions about Innumeracy…. Innumeracy 6 28 May 13, paupos I think the establishment of statistical ombudsmen by television networks, news magazines, and major newspapers would be a welcome and effective step in combating innumeracy in the media.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Easy book to read that addresses mathematical illiteracy or “Inumeracy. Baskin Robbins triple scoops 26, variations He doesn’t bother to state what is perhaps obvious to him and should be obvious to all: Paulos fills his book with examples of how we can be easily misled about numerical scale. In the end though, it’s hard to say just who this book is for. This is called regression to the mean.

A recent study by Drs. Those are two dependent scenarios, meaning I’d have to multiply them to get the likelihood that I ever might have liked this book, which comes out to. Aug 04, Jim Razinha rated it it was amazing. The author does a great job of putting perhaps non-intuitive concepts in perspective.

For instance, I think we can all agree that math education has been biased towards the rote memorization of formulas and terms at the expense of fluency and “playful” exploration of numerical and geometrical concepts.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

There are insightful illustrations of how mathematics can save money how many tests would you need to run on a room of 50 people to discover the one person with a disease? No bibliography or index. The book was intriguing, and had many real world examples that put what it was pzulos into perspective.


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. But, that doesn’t mean he isn’t right, and for those who enjoy the acerbic comedy of George Carlin, it wouldn’t be a problem at all.

The definition of innumeracy is being illiterate with numbers, both jphn the innumdracy and in a dictionary. The New York Times. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.

It barely scratches the surface. It feels less like a friendly exhortation directed innumeracy the mathematically illiterate or innumerate in the author’s parlance than a jeremiad more likely to be read by the literate, explaining why the hoi polloi are so easily duped by cheap parlor tricks.

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.

I bet a lot of his stated intended audience–innumerates–aren’t making johj past the first chapter, let alone getting all the jobn to the end. Despite some initial reluctance one student maintained that hair just doesn”t grow in miles per hour ,they often improve their feeling for numbers dramatically.

If an initial large absolute difference arises due to chance, it’s not likely to go away. He also has some ideas for improving the state of mathematica An easy little read about mathematical illiteracy. His arrogance is particularly off-putting when casually insulting educators a population to which I belong and also when dismissing dreams; though I accept his point about their predictability, I respect the human mind enough to acknowledge we probably don’t understand exactly how they work yet.

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