Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

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Macmillan, 1988 - Mathematics - 135 pages
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Paulos (mathematics, Temple U.) examines many aspects of popular culture, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims to demonstrate the popular misperceptions resulting from the inability to deal with large numbers, probability, ratios. No bibliography or index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Probability and Coincidence
33
Pseudoscience
66
Whence Innumeracy?
97
Statistics TradeOffs and Society
133
Close
177
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John Allen Paulos is a professor of mathematics at Temple University. His books include the bestseller "Innumeracy: Mathematical""Illiteracy and Its Consequences "(H&W, 1988), "Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up", "A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market", and "A Mathematician Reads the Newspapers".

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