A Mathematician Reads the NewspaperIn this lively volume, mathematician John Allen Paulos employs his singular wit to guide us through an unlikely mathematical jungle—the pages of the daily newspaper. From the Senate and sex to celebrities and cults, Paulos takes stories that may not seem to involve math at all and demonstrates how mathematical naïveté can put readers at a distinct disadvantage. Whether he's using chaos theory to puncture economic and environmental predictions, applying logic to clarify the hazards of spin doctoring and news compression, or employing arithmetic and common sense to give us a novel perspective on greed and relationships, Paulos never fails to entertain and enlighten. 
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User Review  setnahkt  LibraryThingSadly dated; what we need now is A Mathematician Surfs the Web. Paulos is reasonably nondoctrinaire, with examples that should annoy or outrage any political persuasion – although he’s careful not to ... Read full review
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User Review  Razinha  LibraryThingPaulos 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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Benchmark Figures in War Crisis and the Economy  
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FOOD BOOK REVIEWS SPORTS OBITUARIES  
Incidence Matrices on the Society Pages  
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