A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper
With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made "Innumeracy" a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the pages ofthe daily newspaper showing how math and numbers are a key element in many ofthe articles we read every day. From the Senate, SATs, and sex, to crime, celebrities, and cults, he takes stories that may not seem to involvemathematics at all and demonstrates how a lack of mathematical knowledge canhinder our understanding of them.
"After reading "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper, " it will beimpossible to look at the newspaper in the same way."-- "PhiladelphiaInquirer"
"It would be great to have John Allen Paulos living next door. Everymorning when you read the paper and come across some story that didn't seemquite right--that had the faint odor of illogic hovering about it-- you couldjust lean out the window and shout, 'John! Get the hell over here!'. A fun, spunky, wise little book that would be helpful to both the consumers of thenews and its purveyors." -- "Washington Post Book World"
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In sports, the critical element of bluff is easier to see, so let me describe a typical
baseball scenario that lends itself to such strategies. (The baseball example is
not altogether capricious. As many have noted, baseball seems to bear the same
There is good evidence, for example, that the notion of a "hot hand"-a long streak
of consecutive successful shots in bas- ketball or of hitting safely in consecutive
games in baseball-can be adequately explained by chance alone. (Recall the ...
Presumably, if forty years of baseball were played over and over again under
roughly the same circumstances, the number of perfect games within any forty-
year period would sometimes be seven or eight, sometimes ten, eleven, or twelve
, but ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - setnahkt - LibraryThing
Sadly dated; what we need now is A Mathematician Surfs the Web. Paulos is reasonably non-doctrinaire, with examples that should annoy or outrage any political persuasion – although he’s careful not to ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Razinha - LibraryThing
Paulos is a witty mathematician and makes excellent points in his analyses of newspapers focusing on the numbers, statistics, ignorance and misrepresentations. Arranged as newspaper content, with ... Read full review
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