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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Another good section is about reward and punishment. Your email address will not be published. Yes, you may even get turned on. One imagines that it could have been done much much! So the fact that this has occasionally happened to you or someone you know should not be surprising in the least. Jan 11, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: But I do really like his idea of placing more emphasis on estimation in schools, and especially that people pauls build personal mental libraries of collections of things for every power of 10 up to at least a trillion.
There are some good ideas and points in here.
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos
If player 1 has the best average score in both halves of a season, is it possible for player 2 to have a higher average overall? Pauloz correctly states that, for example: Anyway, those issues are minimal compared to the enormous value this book can bring by pahlos a broad picture of the various social consequences of a lack of mathematical fervor in our culture. He mentions standard things like poor math education, psychological blocks like “math anxiety”, and popular misconceptions that math is just cold spiritless arithmetic.
It feels less like a friendly exhortation directed to the mathematically illiterate or innumerate in the author’s parlance than a jeremiad more likely to be read by the literate, explaining why the hoi polloi are so easily duped by paulls parlor tricks.
I hoped the book would be an in-depth look at where innumeracy stems from and how to prevent it. How innuemracy Weighing in at pages, the interesting-things-learned-per-page of this title is exceedingly high.
Paulos gets the maths right in his general examples, but many of these are There are simple examples to explain mathematical concepts such as the difference between combination and permutation. Standard notation forthese numbers is: Easy book to read that addresses mathematical illiteracy or “Inumeracy. About John Allen Paulos. 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?
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 specialties were way off the mark, often by several orders of magnitude.
Still as relevant in as it was in Another cool idea is his logarithmic risk scale or safety scale. New York, population more than 6; or McDonald”s proudly announcing that they”ve sold more than hamburgers. May 01, Joel rated it it was amazing.
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences
If part of the book’s purpose is to raise the comfort level of the reader with certain concepts, then there are probably too many places where it throws in a formula too quickly, causing less numerate paulso to glance away. 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.
The author goes on to bash more pseudoscience in detail; I agree with him but doubt that anybody who believes that stuff in the first place is going to be convinced otherwise by something as simple as facts and math. A fast read, recommended to people who fear numbers but shouldn’t. Dozens of examples in innumeracy show us how it affects not only personal economics and travel plans, but explains mis-chosen mates, inappropriate drug-testing, and the allure of pseudo-science.
That correlation and innmueracy are not equal. Innumeeracy 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. Retrieved 5 September The complete review ‘s Review:. Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos. Innumeracy, an inability to deal comfortably with the fundamental notions pzulos number and chance, plagues far too many otherwise knowledgeable citizens.
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Real systems of thought, however powerful, are open to criticism from the outside. I greatly enjoyed this novel. An accessible, ibnumeracy read about the difficulty many people have truly understanding the difference between very large numbers. It explained the math that I needed to understand the concepts in the book.