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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For one hundred thousand, I generally think of the number of words in a good-size. For example, one of the sections focuses on normal fluctuations, like how one shooter in a basketball game may ha There are some good ideas and points in here.

John Allen Paulos is flexing his numerate muscles giving Innumeracy greater strength. Another misconception is the “why me?

When someone is actually “mathematically joohn, the university levels are usually among the best but in too many cases, it is far too late for the majority. So many apparently strange events do, in fact, become all the more magnificent in their not-so-fearful symmetry.

Read more Read less. Paulos flaunting his intellectual superiority via a litany jojn schizoid statistical and probabilistic scenarios.

Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences. There are simple examples to explain mathematical concepts such as the difference between combination and permutation. His assessments are reasonable taught as an abstract not applicable subject, the teachers don’t understand it, kids don’t learn it as puzzlesand I’ve made similar observations over my lifetime. I take his point, as a largely innumerate person, but the book reads as very dated it is almost 30 years old now and his arrogant indignation at everyone who isn’t a mathematician is off-putting.

Finally, joohn 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 joun google the author for fear of another Hitchin’s style character take down.


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.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

It isn’t quite as much fun as it could be, and the mathematics is probably largely too familiar and the theoretical examples unnecessary to the numerate and too daunting for the innumerate.

So many of us are bewitched by sloppy statistics, by flawed procedurals that wind up in the mass media and other lies, some benign, some not, that author Paulos felt this book was necessary.

Reviewing Innumeracywhich, in my opinion, fails in its stated goal, reminds me of the challenge ahead. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences (John Allen

It feels less like a friendly exhortation directed to 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.

I think perhaps the best part of 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 real-life examples are generally more useful: Tricks of the Mind Derren Brown. Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences Hardcover of Innumeracy: The author, it is eventually revealed, was a mathematical prodigy as a child, and still takes immense pleasure in doing things like deftly computing the volume of all the blood in the world in terms of how deep it would fill Central Park, or how fast human hair grows in miles per hour.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. See all reviews. Additionally, I will never pick up any book by Paulos again, nor will I read anything he recommends.

The definition of innumeracy is being illiterate with numbers, both in the book and in a dictionary.


If player 1 has the best average score in both halves of a season, is it possible for player 2 to have a higher average overall? He has received awards in: 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. Jun 18, Boosh rated it really liked it Shelves: Stripping the Dread from the Data. Refresh and try again. Finally, he also says mathematicians tend to have a particular sense of humor – they take things literally when they’re not meant to be, or they take a premise to extremes with comical result.

He begins by familiarizing the reader with the basis of counting: What distinguishes this from other such literature is that Paulos attempts top diagnose the root cause. The answers are surprising. Namely, how do you convince an audience of smart-but-non-finance folks that:. I wanted to like this book but the opening pages nearly made me quit reading. This word is important in the book because it is what the book is about. Retrieved 3 September Individual decisions and broader policy decisions are far too often made on the basis of badly understood statistics, data, and mathematical principles.

The TNT equivalent of all the nuclear weapons in the world amounts to 25, megatons, or 50 trillion pounds, or 10, pounds for every man, woman, and child on earth. In “Innumeracy”, John Allen Paulos argues that the level of mathematical illiteracy in the United States is shocking and unacceptable, that innumeracy has real and pernicious negative effects, and that it is promoted by poor teaching.

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