Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences
Why do even well-educated people often understand so little about maths - or take a perverse pride in not being a 'numbers person'?
In his now-classic book Innumeracy, John Allen Paulos answers questions such as- Why is following the stock market exactly like flipping a coin? How big is a trillion? How fast does human hair grow in mph? Can you calculate the chances that a party includes two people who have the same birthday? Paulos shows us that by arming yourself with some simple maths, you don't have to let numbers get the better of you.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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