Buy Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. by Professor John Allen Paulos (ISBN: ) from. by. John Allen Paulos. · Rating details · 3, ratings · reviews. Dozens of examples in innumeracy show us how it affects not only personal economics. Innumeracy – by John Allen Paulos. ISBN: Date read: How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 (See my list of + books, for more.).

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The book sheds light on the link between innumeracy and pseudoscience. This tendency to personalize is, as we”ll see, a characteristic of many people who suffer from allen. There”s a joke I like that”s marginally relevant. My takeaway is to return to the fun parts of math that attracted me to the subject in the first place puzzles and gamesand an incentive to explain concepts to newcomers.

For instance, I think we can all agree that math education has been biased towards the rote memorization of formulas and terms at the expense of fluency and “playful” exploration of numerical and geometrical concepts.

Modern Homo sapiens is probably less than 10 trillion seconds old; and alleb subsequentcomplete disappearance of the Neanderthal innumerscy of early Homo sapiens occurred only a trillion or so seconds ago.

When I tell others about doing sudoku puzzles, the usual comment is ‘oh, I can’t do math. The Biography of a Dangerous Idea.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. It’s a breezy enough introduction to the problem of innumeracy, but ultimately it has less to do with its subtitle — Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences — and more to do with Mr. He doesn’t bother to state what is perhaps obvious to him and should be obvious to all: Set up a giveaway.


Paulos provides real world examples of innumeracy in subjects like stock scams, choice of spouse, newspaper psychics, diet, medical claims, lottery, astrology, drug testing, insurance and law.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

The author goes through a large number of real-world examples of applied mathematics, that I a retired engineer had thought were like breathing out, breathing in. The number 4 is not exactly commonplace, but numbers like ten thousand, one million, and a trillion are.

And what are the costs of our innumeracy? Feb 24, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: Bad things happen periodically, the probability is that they’re innumerach to happen to somebody, why not you? How to Lie with Statistics. Anyway, those issues are minimal compared to the enormous value this book can bring by painting a broad picture of the various social consequences of a lack of mathematical fervor in our culture.

The author’s aim is to jhon each of us less intimidated by the numbers. innumerscy

Paulos and his constant influx alen quirky situations and examples kept amusing and interesting what next? I believe I’m not being nit-picky to say that his poor control over logic is a deterrent to finishing his book about the poor state of logic in America. See 2 questions about Innumeracy…. 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.

The word that this book can be described by is innumeracy, and all variations of it. It”s analogous to a sign at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel stating: If everyone read this book, it is amazing what the results would be. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Return to Book Page.

Oct 12, Kirsten rated it liked it Shelves: My library Help Advanced Book Search. More common sources of such large numbers are the trillion-dollar federal budget and nohn burgeoning weapons stockpiles.


Paulos gets the maths right in his general examples, but many of these are He also does a great job pointing innummeracy the negative impact of innumeracy on society in general – h I already believe that numbers are beautiful and just make sense but it’s always nice to read a book that agrees with you. It is amazing what you will find out in this information-packed book. Equally typical is a tendency to equate the risk from some obscure and exotic malady with the chances of suffering from heart and circulatory disease, from innuemracy about 12, Americans die each week.

Innumeracy – John Allen Paulos

That’s all well and good, but paylos can lead to being condescending and dismissive, to grumpy ranting instead of a full and detailed argument. Brief, witty and full of practical applications. The nuclear weapons on board just one of our Trident submarines contain eight times the firepower expended in all of World War II.

Individual decisions and broader policy decisions are far too often made on the basis of badly understood statistics, data, and mathematical principles. John Allen Paulos passionately explains in a personal essay the probabilistic nature of life. It was educational, and I learned a good amount of information.

He does acknowledge that to some extent, but the book still has various frustrations. The second agrees to the contest, concentrates for a few minutes, and proudly announces, “Three. I wanted to like this book but the opening pages nearly made me quit reading.