Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2011 - Mathematics - 144 pages
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Why do even well-educated people understand so little about mathematics? And what are the costs of our innumeracy? John Allen Paulos, in his celebrated bestseller first published in 1988, argues that our inability to deal rationally with very large numbers and the probabilities associated with them results in misinformed governmental policies, confused personal decisions, and an increased susceptibility to pseudoscience of all kinds. Innumeracy lets us know what we're missing, and how we can do something about it.

Sprinkling his discussion of numbers and probabilities with quirky stories and anecdotes, Paulos ranges freely over many aspects of modern life, from contested elections to sports stats, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims, sex discrimination, insurance, lotteries, and drug testing. Readers of Innumeracy will be rewarded with scores of astonishing facts, a fistful of powerful ideas, and, most important, a clearer, more quantitative way of looking at their world.
  

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Review: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

User Review  - Kat Dornian - Goodreads

Innumeracy is a pretty quick and easy read with a casual tone. It's short but gives some decent, and fun, arguments for why people should seek to be "numerate", as Paulos calls it. The greatest ... Read full review

Review: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

User Review  - Balhau - Goodreads

Well I decided rate this book with a five star because of the importance and of course the broad quality of the text. This is a really a must read. It addresses one of the main problems society faces ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
Introduction
FORBES 400
THE MULTIPLICATION PRINCIPLE
JULIUS CAESAR AND
Pseudoscience
Whence Innumeracy?
Statistics TradeOffs and Society
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

John Allen Paulos, professor of mathematics at Temple University and the author of several other popular books on mathematics, is a regular contributor to national publications, including The New York Times and Newsweek. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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