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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If newspapers and TV started to use this kind of scale, it would be an easier way for people to compare the relative risk of various activities. Jul 09, Lisa rated it did not like it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. An accessible, interesting read about the difficulty many people have truly understanding the difference between very large numbers. I do appreciate the author’s clear love of math, and there are several good examples. Although I think inmumeracy the book the author is explaining in the following paragraphs how the lnnumeracy you posted is actually false.

Still as relevant in inunmeracy it was in Aug 11, J. He mentions standard things like poor math education, psychological blocks like “math anxiety”, and popular misconceptions that math is just cold spiritless arithmetic. Account Options Sign in.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

I believe I’m not being nit-picky to say that his poor control over logic is a deterrent to finishing his book about the poor state of logic in America. Perhaps in real life some people end up treated like “winners” or “losers” in general because they’ve ended up on the pau,os 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.


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. Compare that with these annual rates in the United States: Kronlund and Phillips of the University of Washington showed that most doctors” assessments of the risks of various operations, procedures, and medications even in their own specialties were way off the mark, often by several orders of magnitude.

He also has some ideas for improving the state of mathematical education, some of which seem plausible and some of which seem downright wacky. Innumeracy 6 28 May 13, That correlation and causality are not equal.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences – John Allen Paulos – Google Books

A recent study by Drs. The north wall of a garage near my house contains almost exactly ten thousand narrow bricks. Politicians, the press, and advertisers are shown — surprise, paulks — as manipulators of numbers in entirely inappropriate ways intentionally and not. Additionally, I will never pick up any book by Paulos again, nor will I read anything he recommends.

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Paulos correctly states that, for example: 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.

On page 94, Paulos bemoans the fact that people attribute combination to causation: Paulos fills his book with examples of how innumracy can be easily misled about numerical scale. 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? Paklos old married couple in their nineties contact a divorce lawyer, who pleads with them to stay together.

It is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways. The definition of innumeracy is being illiterate with numbers, both in the book and in a dictionary. More common sources of such large numbers are the trillion-dollar federal innumerach and our burgeoning weapons stockpiles.


Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Aug 04, Jonathan rated it liked it Shelves: Glenn Morgan check this link for a full description on why this is wrong and by how much https: And if you don”t have some feeling for probabilities, automobile accidents might seem a relatively minor problem of local travel, whereas being killed by terrorists might seem to be a major risk when going overseas.

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 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.

And Paulos shows how the largely innumerate population so readily allows itself to be duped, to its own detriment. He does propose a few solutions here and there, like getting more non-mathematicians writing about math and highlighting the warmth and passion of the subject to get rid of negative stereotypes 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.

For example, the danger of getting killed in a car accident is much greater than terrorism and this danger should be reflected in how we allocate our limited resources. View all 7 comments.