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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Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

But, that doesn’t mean he isn’t right, and for those who enjoy the acerbic comedy of George Carlin, it wouldn’t be a problem at all.

I greatly enjoyed this novel. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat If that makes me “innumerate,” so be innimeracy.

The book sheds light on the link between innnumeracy and pseudoscience. Preview — Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos. His arrogance is particularly off-putting when casually insulting educators a population to which I belong and also when dismissing dreams; though I accept his point about their predictability, I respect the human mind enough to acknowledge we probably don’t understand exactly how they work yet.

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Another cool idea is his logarithmic risk scale or safety scale. 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.

View all 3 comments. I hoped the book would be an in-depth look at where innumeracy stems from and how to prevent it. Never judge a book by its cover or, in this case, by its title. Aug 04, Jim Razinha rated it it was amazing. That’s true to a point, but there are many factors that can affect that besides normal ups and downs – amount of practice, sore muscles, more aggressive guarding.

Plus, How Not to be Wrong also goes into other interesting topics, like the real-world applications of non-Euclidean geometry. 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.


There’s also an interesting comment about “winners” and “losers”. Glenn Morgan check this link for a full description on why this is wrong and by how much innumeraacy Baskin Robbins triple scoops 26, variations It”s analogous to a sign at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel stating: Anyway, reasonable people often believe total crap too.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Nov 24, Chik67 rated it really liked it Shelves: The maths are fun for those that can follow Paulos, but in his mad rush he covers a great deal of ground one imagines the innumerate might have some difficulty in keeping up. Victor Nabila coincidence and absolute certainty are two very different concepts. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc. Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences Hardcover of Innumeracy: The second agrees to the contest, concentrates for a few minutes, and proudly announces, “Three.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It talks about how people wrongly wear it as a badge of honor.

Not to denigrate any person willing to be an educator but even they are being failed by the system that is teaching them. 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 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.

The skeptical, reticent owner doesn”t say a word as he adds the bill on the cash register. That only applies to the ratio – the absolute difference between number of heads and number of tails is NOT guaranteed to approach zero. So if Harry is betting heads and Tom is betting tails, and after the first tosses Harry just happens to be ahead 60 to 40, Harry is likely to stay ahead for a long time.


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Innumeracy – John Allen Paulos

Still as relevant in as it was in His stated purpose is to appeal to innumerates with enjoyable and illuminating examples of innumerwcy, as well as fanciful, uses of mathematics. If an initial large absolute difference arises due to chance, it’s not likely to go away. On the other hand, his suggested onnumeracy 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.

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.

See 2 questions about Innumeracy…. Jun 18, Boosh innkmeracy it really innumerzcy it Shelves: Paulos and his constant influx of quirky situations and examples kept amusing and interesting what next? It then goes on to explain how to not be innumerate, and gives several suggestions. The understatement, however, is symptomatic of a pervasive innumeracy which ill suits a technologically based society.

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. The focus on Core innumeacy be more productive. Macmillan- Mathematics – pages. Those are two dependent scenarios, meaning I’d have to multiply them to get the likelihood that I ever might have liked this book, which comes out to.