Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its ConsequencesWhy do even welleducated 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  MartinBodek  LibraryThingIt'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  LibraryThingSimilar 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
FORBES 400  
THE MULTIPLICATION PRINCIPLE  
JULIUS CAESAR AND  
Pseudoscience  
Whence Innumeracy?  
Statistics TradeOffs and Society  