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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Review: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its ConsequencesUser Review - Stephen Hackney - Goodreads
The author's underlying premise - that too many people are "innumerates" (mathematically illiterate) - and his principle message, through numerous examples, is that socially and culturally we as a ... Read full review
Review: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its ConsequencesUser Review - Craig Werner - Goodreads
Giving this three stars instead of four because I'd recommend Paulos's A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper over it. Both books cover essentially the same themes: the prevalance of fairly basic ... Read full review