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. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences. Front Cover. John Allen Paulos. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, – Mathematics – pages.

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If you, like me, were looking for johh book describing how experts manipulate numbers to advance specious public policy, this book isn’t for you. There are insightful illustrations of how mathematics can save money how many tests would you need to run on a room of 50 people to discover the one person with a disease?

He is trying to segue into other reasons for innumeracy, but fumbles, because to make the strongest logical statement, he should have said, “Still, it’s not the whole story, since there are many quite numerate people who have had such poor mathematical education. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. That’s true to a point, but there are many factors that can affect that besides normal ups and downs – amount of practice, sore muscles, more aggressive guarding.

There’s also some overlap with Thinking, Fast and Slow regarding cognitive blocks to thinking mathema Innumeracy is a great book for the era of Ebola panic even if it is quite dated. Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences Hardcover of Innumeracy: Examples of collections each having a million elements, a billion elements, and so on, should be at hand for quick comparison.

August 30,8: My library Help Advanced Book Search. The TNT equivalent of all the nuclear weapons in the world amounts to 25, megatons, or 50 trillion pounds, or 10, pounds for every man, woman, and child on earth.

Feb 24, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: So if I do poorly today I’m likely to do better tomorrow; and if I do well today I’m likely to do worse tomorrow.


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 Ojhn.

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I also liked his discussion of coincidences – for example, hearing in the morning innkmeracy vivid details of your previous night’s dream match what you hear on the news.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

We have a handle on what a thousand really means, but what is the difference between a billion and a trillion? 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. Kronlund and Phillips of the University of Washington showed that most doctors” assessments of the risks of various operations, procedures, and medications even in their own al,en were way off the mark, often by several orders of magnitude.

Expressed in scientific notation, the answers to the questions posed earlier are: Why not innumerac it out?

But Paulos comes off as a bit disparaging of “innumerates” – this is definitely not a book for them, but more for those in the know to tsk-tsk at the state of mathematical literacy.

The nuclear weapons on board just one of our Trident submarines contain eight times the firepower expended in all of World War II. The book sheds light on the link between innumeracy and pseudoscience. It talks about how people wrongly wear it as a badge of honor. Mar 16, blakeR rated it it was ok Shelves: A useful book — but who will read it?

Innumeracy could lead to It barely scratches the surface. He’d hate that I used the adjective ‘cold,’ there No bibliography or index. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.


Aug 11, J. When I tell others about doing sudoku puzzles, the usual comment is ‘oh, I can’t do math. Open Preview See a Problem? Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Statistics TradeOffs and Society. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jul 31, TheF7Pawn innumerach it it was ok. One difficulty the innumerate often have allenn translating principle into practice, and though Paulos does his best to show the principles in practice it often isn’t enough.

Paulos flaunting his intellectual superiority via a litany of schizoid statistical and probabilistic scenarios. To cite some happier illustrations for smaller numbers, the standard I use for the lowly thousand is a section of Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia which I know contains 1, seats and which is easy to picture.

More common sources of such large numbers are the trillion-dollar federal budget and our burgeoning weapons stockpiles. Slipping between millions and billions or between billions and trillions should in this sense be equally funny, but it isn”t, because we too often lack an intuitive feeling for these numbers.

Paperbackpages. The answers are surprising.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Paulos did get himself a gig at ABCNews. Look at the popularity of polls on TV, in newspapers and magazines, and now on the Internet, and look how feeble the presentation of these usually is almost none would stand up to much Paulos-scrutiny, for example.

Innumeracy is a great book for the era of Ebola panic even if it is quite dated.

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