Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

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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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User Review  - Cassie - Goodreads

This book had a great start, but I felt it got a bit repetitive further into the reading. All in all I would definitely recommend giving it a read. Read full review

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User Review  - Ryan - Goodreads

I like how he hates people who don't understand things that he understands. there are better books than this on how poorly the average person thinks - try the drunkards walk for even handed treatment of poor math skills in daily life. read paulos to feel superior. Read full review

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Whence Innumeracy?
Statistics TradeOffs and Society

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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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