Proofiness: How You're Being Fooled by the Numbers (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 23, 2010 - Mathematics - 320 pages
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From the author of Zero, comes this "admirable salvo against quantitative bamboozlement by the media and the government" (The Boston Globe)

In Zero, Charles Seife presented readers with a thrilling account of the strangest number known to humankind. Now he shows readers how the power of skewed metrics-or "proofiness"- is being used to alter perception in both amusing and dangerous ways. Proofiness is behind such bizarre stories as a mathematical formula for the perfect butt and sprinters who can run faster than the speed of sound. But proofiness also has a dark side: bogus mathematical formulas used to undermine our democracy-subverting our justice system, fixing elections, and swaying public opinion with lies. By doing the real math, Seife elegantly and good-humoredly scrutinizes our growing obsession with metrics while exposing those who misuse them.


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Review: Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception

User Review  - Scotchneat - Goodreads

Charles Seife is on a mission to remove from us our bias toward the proofiness of numbers. It's more insidious than just whacky advertising claims, when you get into things like beauty advice, natural ... Read full review

Review: Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception

User Review  - Pawel - Goodreads

I have to say that the title does not really match the content. On the other hand I did like this book a lot. This is one of the few books I have read, which does not contain any obvious factual ... Read full review


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About the author (2010)

Charles Seife is the author of several books, including Sun in a Bottle and Zero. His work has appeared in such publications as Science, The New York Times, New Scientist, Scientific American, The Economist, and Wired. He lives in New York City.

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