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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It barely scratches the surface.
Jul 14, Manolo rated it liked it Shelves: The visitor finally asks if he”s given him the right amount of money, to which the Mainer grudgingly responds, “Just barely. 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.
Jan 11, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: The big difference is that while Innumeracy may have gotten there first, How Not to be Wrong goes into more detail, explains the math much more clearly, and has a writing style that is leaps and bounds better than the one found here. Even had Paulos focused more on the last word of that subtitle, the consequences innumfracy implications, this might have felt more worthwhile.
Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos
Mathematical Illiteracy and its Iinnumeracy Hardcover of Innumeracy: The nuclear weapons on board just one of our Trident submarines contain eight times the firepower expended in all of World War II. Statistics TradeOffs and Society.
Jan 18, Charles Eliot rated it it was ok. Both traits are obvious here, and in pauloe sense I have to think that he is one of the least effective ambassadors that Math could have wound up with.
Glenn Morgan check this link for a full description on why this is wrong and by how much https: 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.
It’s difficult to follow him in certain passages if you’re not taking notes or have a calculator handy, but for the most part he uses tight, compressed, powerful writing, boiling everything down to the essence.
But I do really like his idea of placing more emphasis on estimation in schools, and especially that people should build personal mental libraries inumeracy collections of things for every power of 10 up to at least inmumeracy trillion. Refresh and try again. There are some good ideas and points in here. 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? At one point he says he finds it hard to write at length, preferring brevity and concision.
Real systems of thought, however powerful, are open to criticism from the outside. It explained the math that I needed to understand the concepts in the book.
The latter is a quite fascinating and useful idea — and relevant to much that he writes about — but some of the many asides and tangents, and the fast pace, make even numerate heads spin. Retrieved 5 September It’s another to have it So, I’m on page ofand I refuse to read any further. Jul 31, TheF7Pawn rated it it was ok.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Compare that with these annual rates in the United States: I do appreciate the author’s clear love of math, and there are several good examples.
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It’s one thing to continue educating myself with book such as these, and make headway towards being fooled less and less by ridiculous statistics and pseudoscience in general.
Most of the book is a collection of examples commonly seen in other pop math books: It certainly made me want to learn calculus The book sheds light on the link between innumeracy and pseudoscience. John Allen Paulos’ book Innumeracy stands up quite well even more than a dozen years after its initial publication.
Mar 16, blakeR rated it it was ok Shelves: For example, the stadium in our town seats 1, people; a wall nearby has 10, bricks; etc. Or maybe, it just proves his point even more strongly There are also things he misses. For one, the author is a bit soap-boxy, and despite his expressed hope in the beginning that his tone is not scolding, he does come off as a bit condescending, much like he is a contemporary of Dawkins. Glenn Morgan check this link for a full description on why this is …more Nabila coincidence and absolute certainty are two very different concepts.