A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Basic Books, 10 sept. 2013 - 240 pages
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In this lively volume, mathematician John Allen Paulos employs his singular wit to guide us through an unlikely mathematical jungle—the pages of the daily newspaper. From the Senate and sex to celebrities and cults, Paulos takes stories that may not seem to involve math at all and demonstrates how mathematical naïveté can put readers at a distinct disadvantage. Whether he's using chaos theory to puncture economic and environmental predictions, applying logic to clarify the hazards of spin doctoring and news compression, or employing arithmetic and common sense to give us a novel perspective on greed and relationships, Paulos never fails to entertain and enlighten.

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A mathematician reads the newspaper

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Whenever mathematicians or scientists read a newspaper or magazine article, they have a tendency mentally to compose a letter to the editor taking issue with the conclusions or mode of presentation ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Preface to the 2013 Paperback Edition
Benchmark Figures in War Crisis and the Economy
Incidence Matrices on the Society Pages
Droits d'auteur

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Expressions et termes fréquents

À propos de l'auteur (2013)

John Allen Paulos is a professor of mathematics at Temple University. His books include the bestseller Innumeracy, A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market, and Irreligion. He lives in Philadelphia.

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