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’s another to have it 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. The real-life examples are generally more useful: There are asides galore, from scientific notation “not nearly as arcane as many topics discussed in the media” to his idea of a “logarithmic innumeraccy index”.

Mar 04, Mark Tuminello rated it it was amazing. Your email address will not be published. Not to denigrate any person willing to be innumefacy educator but even they are being failed by the jkhn that is teaching them. For example, one of the sections focuses on normal fluctuations, like how one shooter in a basketball game may have a good streak and then a bad streak without either having a lot of significance.

I think the establishment of statistical ombudsmen by television aolen, news magazines, and major newspapers would be a welcome and effective step in combating innumeracy in the media. Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences Hardcover of Innumeracy: Jul 31, TheF7Pawn rated it it was ok. Dozens of examples in innumeracy show us how it innnumeracy not only personal economics and travel plans, but explains mis-chosen mates, inappropriate drug-testing, and the allure of pseudo-science.

It often feels as though Paulos is calling anyone not mathematically literate an idiot. Aug 11, J.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Individual lnnumeracy and broader policy decisions are far too often made on the basis of badly understood statistics, data, and mathematical principles. His stated purpose is to appeal to innumerates with enjoyable and illuminating examples of everyday, as well as fanciful, uses of mathematics.


It would be handy for people to be able to judge for themselves whether or not a number cited in the newspaper is realistic. August 30,8: Another cool idea is his logarithmic risk scale or safety scale. The complete review ‘s Review:.

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Paulos speaks of “statistically meaningless”, forgetting that this inhumeracy is already enough to throw off most of his innumerate readers. Reviewing Innumeracywhich, in my opinion, fails in its stated goal, reminds me of the challenge ahead. I bet a lot of his stated intended audience–innumerates–aren’t making it past the first chapter, let alone getting all the way to the end. Solving them would be no different if letters were used, colored blocks, or various symbols.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

Paulos is right in his outrage: Paulos did get himself a gig at ABCNews. Paulos provides a valuable example of the stock market promoter who sends out a newsletter to 32, potential customers, predicting a specific upward or downward movement in a stock.

As is it felt like little more than a talent show. Innumeracy could lead to Innumeracy by John Johh Paulos. Easy book to read that addresses mathematical illiteracy or “Inumeracy. 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 lalen premise to extremes with comical result.

I hoped the book would be an in-depth look at where inmumeracy stems from and how to prevent it.

The author goes on to bash more pseudoscience in detail; I agree with him but doubt that anybody who believes that stuff in the first place is going to be convinced otherwise by something as simple as facts and math. Why don”t news magazines and newspapers make appropriate use of scientific notation in their stories?

But if the reader will stick with it, or maybe skip over sections not understood, it’s worth the time spent reading.

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.


Jan 11, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.

Politicians, the press, and advertisers are shown — surprise, surprise — as manipulators of numbers in entirely inappropriate ways intentionally and not.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I like this book, and recommend it to anyone with the time to read it. It explained the math that I needed to understand the concepts in the book. How many 3-flavor cones can Baskin Robbins create with their 57 flavors without the repetition of a flavor within innummeracy cone?

Expressed in scientific notation, the answers to the questions posed earlier are: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. However, he skates from there to explaining formal logic, probability theory, estimations, critiques of psuedo-science, and then to the reasons why so many people just don’t like math. The writing style is casual and engaging, and the examples are relevant and interesting. That numbers are utilized, they are automatically ‘mathematical’ and it scares people off.

Open Preview See a Problem? And since innumeracy still plagues the nation more than ever, it often seems the lesson has apparently not been learnt and it may still be a necessary book. There jjohn insightful illustrations of how mathematics can save money how many tests would you need to run on a room of 50 people to discover the one person with a disease?