by. John Allen Paulos. · Rating details · 3, ratings · reviews. Dozens of examples in innumeracy show us how it affects not only personal economics. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos. Paulos (mathematics, Temple U.) examines many aspects of popular culture, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims to.

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Similarly, the first two chapters could have been condensed into an introduction. There are some good ideas and points in here. See 2 questions about Innumeracy…. Too many are not mathematically capable nor are they interested in teaching innumerqcy beyond the basics.

There’s also some overlap with Thinking, Fast and Slow regarding cognitive blocks to thinking mathematically.

Both traits are obvious here, and in that sense I have to think that he is one of the least effective ambassadors that Math could have wound up with. All innumerates — the intended audience — will put the book down by the 3 rd paragraph of the first chapter. It is certainly sad, though, how little progress the American public has made in this domain since this book was originally published.

Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc. I also liked his discussion of coincidences – for example, hearing in the morning that vivid details of your previous night’s dream match what you hear on the news. In other words, you should be able to visualize how many is a thousand of something vs a million of something vs a trillion of something. Jun 18, Boosh rated it really liked it Shelves: For one hundred thousand, I generally think of the number of words in a good-size.

So paylos I do poorly today I’m likely innnumeracy do better tomorrow; and if I do pahlos today I’m likely innumedacy do worse tomorrow. Paulos flaunting his intellectual superiority via a litany of schizoid statistical and probabilistic scenarios. For example, knowing that it takes only about eleven and a half days for a million seconds to tick away, whereas almost thirty-two innumdracy are required for a billion seconds to pass, gives one a better grasp of the relative magnitudes of these two common numbers.


Selected pages Title Page. Tiene una cosa buena este libro y es que es un buen libro para recordar temas de probabilidad avanzada.

That’s all well and good, but it can lead to being condescending and dismissive, to grumpy ranting instead of a full and detailed argument. I had never thought of it quite like that. That correlation and causality are not equal. For example, the stadium in our town seats 1, people; a wall nearby has 10, bricks; etc. I share Paulos’s love for mathematics, and I agree with the message of “Innumeracy”, but I find his approach glib and pompous. For one, the author is a bit soap-boxy, and despite his expressed hope in the beginning that his tone is not scolding, he does come off as a bit condescending, much like he is a contemporary of Dawkins.

Victor Nabila coincidence and absolute certainty are two very different concepts. About John Allen Paulos. Innumeracy 6 28 May 13, I must admit that Mr. Or maybe, it just proves his point even more strongly Open Preview See a Problem? But that title, Innumeracy, is about as sexy as an algebraic formula.

But I do really like his idea of placing more emphasis on estimation in schools, and especially that people should build personal mental libraries of collections of things for every power of 10 up to at least a trillion. He doesn’t bother to state what is perhaps obvious to him and should be obvious to all: Plus a lot of the examples aren’t from current events despite what the back cover says. The focus on Core could be more productive. I hoped the book would be an in-depth look at where innumeracy stems from and how to prevent it.

It impacts the tone by making it sound more scholarly, more intelligent.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

The author, it is eventually revealed, was a mathematical prodigy as a child, and still takes immense pleasure in doing things like deftly computing the volume of all the blood in the world in terms of how deep it would fill Central Park, or how fast human hair grows in miles per hour.


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For that matter, how mathematically literate is your doctor? In the end though, it’s hard to say just who this book is for.

I capitoli innumwracy libro spaziano su vari temi. But I must admit I was looking for a bit more on what causes innumeracy and what could be done to stem this continual loss because these lacks are a drain on society. It serves as an excellent antidote to tedious classroom lectures on the difference between inverse and direct proportions. Politicians, the press, and advertisers are shown paaulos surprise, surprise — as manipulators of numbers in entirely inappropriate ways intentionally and not.

Not Bad Reviews blakerosser Innumeracy is a problem with many otherwise educated and knowledgeable people.

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Jul 09, Lisa rated it did not like it Shelves: I fear that my personal finance writing attracts pahlos already comfortable and fluent with financial topics, seeking confirmation of their relative sophistication. It’s a breezy enough introduction to the problem of innumeracy, but ultimately it paaulos less to do with its subtitle — Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences — and more to do with Mr. A fast read, recommended to people who fear numbers but shouldn’t.

On page 94, Paulos bemoans the fact that people attribute combination to causation: Look at newspapers and magazines and on-line games where sudoku are offered. If player 1 has the innujeracy average score in both halves of a season, is it possible for player 2 to have a higher average overall?

Statistics TradeOffs and Society. He does propose a few solutions here and there, like getting more non-mathematicians writing about math and highlighting the warmth and passion of the subject to get rid of negative stereotypes