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 would be handy for people to be able to judge for themselves whether or not a number cited in the newspaper is realistic. If that makes me “innumerate,” so be it.
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 seems genuinely surprised that there might be people for whom these questions are not interesting. A questionable stock broker sends out letters saying a stock will rise and letters saying it will fall.
There are a lot of innumerates out there. Despite an occasional dose of dated references gotta do something about that Strategic Defense Initiative and One of countless books written for those who struggle dealing with numbers in any form.
So the fact that this has innmeracy happened to you or someone you know should not be surprising in the least. The author argues that our inability to deal rationally with very large numbers and the probabilities associated with them results in misinformed governmental policies, confused personal decisions, and an increased susceptibility to pseudoscience of all kinds. For example, when describing magnitude he says, a million seconds is about eleven and a half days, but a billion seconds is almost thirty-two years!
Similarly, the first two chapters could have been condensed into an introduction. Jan 18, Charles Eliot rated it it was ok. Modern Homo sapiens is probably less than 10 trillion seconds old; and the subsequentcomplete disappearance of the Neanderthal version of early Homo sapiens occurred only a trillion or so seconds ago.
So if Harry is betting heads and Tom is betting tails, and after the first tosses Harry just happens to be ahead 60 to 40, Harry is likely to stay ahead for a long time. Showing of reviews.
Its meager attempt to be sexy is the argument over the “bell-curve” where “the urge to average can be seductive” Paulos, While many people would be ashamed to admit they are illiterate, there is very little shame in saying “I’m a people person, not a numbers person.
He believes that too often people are innumerate and have many misconceptions about math. The second agrees to the contest, concentrates for a few minutes, and proudly announces, “Three.
While it hasn’t completely killed my interest in coincidences, it tried valiantly to do so. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.
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If part of the book’s jonn is to raise the comfort level of the reader with certain concepts, then there are probably too many places where it throws in a formula too quickly, causing less numerate minds to glance away.
In the end though, it’s hard to say just who this book is for. One imagines that innukeracy could have been done much much! 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.
My takeaway is to return to the fun parts of math that attracted me to the subject in the first place puzzles and gamesand an incentive to explain concepts to newcomers. View all 3 comments.
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