A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos. He is trying to reach out to the otherwise educated, literate individual who perceives himself or herself functioning well in society despite innumeracy. 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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Namely, how do you convince an innumerwcy of smart-but-non-finance folks that:. The book sheds light on the link between innumeracy and pseudoscience. There are better, kinder math books. A useful book — but who will read it?

They include irrational decisions, wasted resources, even death from disease. How much weight should you put into getting back a positive reading on a test at the doctor’s office?

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

An old married couple in their nineties contact a divorce lawyer, who pleads with them to stay together. Retrieved 3 September At one point he says he finds it hard to write at length, preferring brevity and concision. Reviewing Innumeracywhich, in my opinion, fails in its stated goal, reminds me of the challenge ahead. 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.


But each of these topics could have benefited from a much deeper treatment, with both more examples and a more structured argument of how the problem affects us and what we can do to prevent it. Why don”t news magazines and newspapers make appropriate use of scientific notation in their stories?

One of countless books written for those who struggle dealing with numbers in any form. Parapsychology is one example of this. Overall a very readable book that could have a big impact if only the right people would read it.

It is certainly sad, though, how little progress the American public has made in this domain since this book was originally published. He also has some ideas for improving the state of mathematica An easy little innumegacy about mathematical illiteracy.

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On page 94, Paulos bemoans the fact that people attribute combination to causation: Another cool idea is his logarithmic risk scale or safety scale.

He mentions standard things like poor math education, psychological blocks like “math anxiety”, and popular misconceptions that math is just cold spiritless arithmetic. Jul 14, Manolo rated it liked it Shelves: The complete review ‘s Review:. For very big or very small numbers, so-called scientific notation is often clearer and easier to work with than standard notation and I”ll therefore sometimes use it. Of course, it is also possible that more than two people have the same birthday.

One pound in a car, incidentally, demolishes the car and kills everyone in it. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. By the way, it would be great if there was a tick box that let me request emails when my comments are answered. Innumerates can easily be manipulated by charlatans or innocently misled by other innumerates. Paulos wants such individuals to recognize that their innumeracy places limitations on the texture and richness of their lives; then, he wants them to do something about it.

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Paulos also discusses the issue of mandatory drug testing.

Innumeracy Analysis

For that matter, how mathematically literate is your doctor? 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.

Nov 24, Chik67 rated it really liked it Shelves: Many of the examples used are adorably dated, late’s and early’s. XCIV, January 15,p.

Agriculture”s been here for approximately billion seconds ten thousand yearswriting for about billion seconds, and rock music has been around for only about one billion seconds. It feels like a precursor to Malcolm Gladwellwhat with his “Did you know.