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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There are better, kinder math books. 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 pzulos, and then introducing his unique and highly useful safety logarithm.

Innumeracy – John Allen Paulos

There are a lot of innumerates out there. I”m always amazed and depressed when I encounter students who have no idea what the population of the United States is, or the approximate distance from coast to coast, or innu,eracy what percentage of the world is Chinese.

A useful book — but who will read it?

Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences. Never judge a book by its cover or, in this case, by its title. Teaching schools showed little to no interest in providing a unnumeracy base while textbooks at that time were more lists of terms and names. 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.


While it hasn’t completely killed my interest in coincidences, it tried valiantly to do so. Tiene una cosa buena este libro y es que es un buen libro para recordar temas de probabilidad avanzada.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

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. As is it felt like little more than a talent show. I fear that my personal finance writing attracts people already comfortable and fluent with financial topics, seeking confirmation of their relative sophistication.

On the other hand, his suggested solution is hiring mathematicians as full-time staff in every school to oversee the teaching of math and to rotate in as teachers, which seems quite heavy-handed. The nuclear weapons on board just one of our Trident submarines contain eight times the firepower expended in all of World War II.

August 30,8: He doesn’t bother to state what is perhaps obvious to him and should be obvious to all: Real systems of thought, jnnumeracy powerful, are open to criticism from the outside. But the media isn’t much interested in combatting innumeracy think of how many people got fired after all the networks prematurely declared first Gore then Bush the winner in Florida in the American presidential election — none: I had never thought of it quite like that.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. A questionable stock broker sends out letters saying a stock will rise and letters saying it will fall.


Oh, human hair grows at. 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. Feb 28, Ken Ransom rated it it was ok. The author’s anger at the popularity of pauols astrology, mediums, fortune-telling, etc.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos

He looks at real-world examples in stock scams, psychics, astrology, sports records, elections, sex discrimination, UFOs, insurance and law, lotteries and drug testing. There’s also an interesting comment about “winners” and “losers”. 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.

Ni siquiera se trata en profundidad el tema que le da nombre: There are some good ideas and points in here.

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 The jnnumeracy wall of a garage near my house contains almost exactly ten thousand narrow bricks. This is called regression to the mean. Anyway, reasonable people often believe total crap too.