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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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

It's one thing to continue educating myself with book such as these, and make headway towards being fooled less and less by ridiculous statistics and pseudoscience in general. It's another to have it ... Read full review

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User Review  - ktnguyen - LibraryThing

Similar to Charles Seife's Proofiness, John Paulos discuss the devasting consequences of how innumeracy - people's inability to comprehend very large numbers - could be. Innumeracy could lead to ... Read full review

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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