Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

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Penguin, 1988 - Mathematics - 135 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

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About the author (1988)

John Allen is the Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and a Vatican analyst for CNN and National Public Radio. He has also reported for the BBC and will appear in a BBC documentary on Opus Dei later this year. Considered by many as the single best source of insights on Vatican affairs in the English language, (particularly through his internet column "The Word from Rome"), he is the author of four books on the Catholic Church, including All the Pope's Men: The Inside Story of how the Vatican Really Thinks (2004) and Conclave: The Politics, Personalities, and Process of the Next Papal Election (1992). His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and many other publications.

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