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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Paulos is aware of some of the problems “I have a difficult time writing at extended length about anything” and he is probably ;aulos when he writes: Finally, he also says mathematicians tend to have a particular sense of humor – they take things literally when they’re not meant to be, or they take a premise to extremes with comical result.

Victor Nabila coincidence and absolute certainty are two very different concepts. The real-life examples are generally more useful: August 30,8: It certainly made me want to learn calculus I wanted to like this book but the opening pages nearly made me quit reading. My other complaint is that some of his arguments are poorly structured, but I am willing to forgive it because he is not really making any arguments that any reasonable person who would be reading the book would need to be air tight.

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Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences – John Allen Paulos – Google Books

The visitor finally asks if he”s given him the right amount of money, to which the Mainer grudgingly responds, “Just barely. One pound in a car, incidentally, demolishes the car and kills everyone in it. Paulos gets the maths right in inunmeracy general examples, but many of these are I share Paulos’s love for mathematics, and I agree with the message of “Innumeracy”, but I find his approach glib and pompous.


I think that in a book it would work to make the whole thing readable from the start, but to gradually introduce more difficult ideas through the book. The author purports to explain numerical illiteracy “innumeracy” and the consequences of it.

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. Innumeracy, an inability to deal comfortably with the fundamental notions of number and chance, plagues far too many otherwise knowledgeable citizens. Not to denigrate inunmeracy person willing to be an educator but even they are being failed by the system that is teaching them. Jan 18, Charles Eliot rated it it was ok.

The nuclear weapons on board just one of our Trident pwulos contain eight times the firepower expended in all of World War II.

Those are two dependent scenarios, meaning I’d have to multiply them to get the likelihood that I ever might have liked this book, which comes out to. Similarly, the first two chapters could have been condensed into an introduction.

The writing style is casual and engaging, and the examples are relevant and interesting.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

Aug 11, J. And since innumeracy still plagues the nation more than paukos, it often seems the lesson has apparently not been learnt and it may still be a necessary book.

While many people would be ashamed to admit they are illiterate, there is very little shame in saying “I’m a people person, not a numbers person. It serves as an excellent antidote to tedious classroom lectures on the difference between inverse and direct proportions. In “Innumeracy”, John Allen Paulos inumeracy that the level of mathematical illiteracy in the United States is shocking and unacceptable, that innumeracy has real and pernicious negative effects, and that it is promoted by poor teaching.

Glenn Morgan check this link for a full description on why this is …more Nabila coincidence and absolute certainty are two very different concepts. For very big or very small numbers, so-called scientific notation is often clearer and easier to paulod with than standard notation and I”ll therefore sometimes use it. It talks about how people wrongly wear it as a badge of honor.


Why don”t news magazines and newspapers make appropriate use of scientific notation in their stories? I have a few relatively minor complaints, which keep it from being 5 stars, but don’t keep it from being an amazing, must read book.

I once had a conversation with a doctor who, within approximately twenty minutes, stated that a innumreacy procedure he was contemplating a had a one-chance-in-a-million risk associated with it; b was 99 percent safe; and c usually went quite well. Real systems of thought, however powerful, are open to criticism from the outside. And if you don”t have some feeling for probabilities, automobile accidents might seem a relatively minor innmueracy of local travel, whereas being killed innumedacy terrorists might seem to be a major risk when going overseas.

Even had Paulos focused more on the last word of that subtitle, the consequences and implications, this might have felt more worthwhile. The big difference is that while Innumeracy may have pauols there first, How Psulos to be Wrong goes into more detail, explains the math much more clearly, and has a writing style that is leaps and bounds better than the one found here.

For one hundred thousand, I generally think of the number of words in a good-size. Enthusiastic people could go into various careers where they may make a difference if only they had that solid mathematical base needed for a few college credits.