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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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My puns and bad jokes aren’t pathological – I’m just studying! This word is important in the book because it is what the book is about.

Account Options Sign in. Jul 09, Lisa rated it did not like it Shelves: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences Hardcover of Innumeracy: Paperbackpages. pauls

It focuses on statistics, as they are more prominent in our world than other types of math. But if the reader will stick with it, or maybe skip over sections not understood, it’s worth the time spent reading. Nov 24, Chik67 rated it really liked it Shelves: I hoped the book would be an in-depth look at where innumeracy stems from and how to prevent it. But I do really like his idea of placing more emphasis on estimation in schools, and especially that people should build personal mental libraries of collections of things for every power of 10 up to at least a trillion.

There’s also some overlap with Thinking, Fast and Slow regarding cognitive blocks to thinking mathematically. Paulos flaunting his intellectual superiority via a litany of schizoid statistical and probabilistic scenarios.

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And Paulos shows how the largely innumerate population so readily allows itself to be duped, to its own detriment.


I greatly enjoyed this novel. 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?

A recent study by Drs. After allowing them to disperse about the lake, we catch another hundred fish and see what fraction of them are marked. To attract those lacking in mathematical literacy, I should think the last thing you would want to do is to insult your intended audience by calling them innumerates.

He also has some ideas for improving the state of mathematical education, some of which seem plausible and some of which seem downright wacky. I do appreciate the author’s clear love of math, and there are several good pahlos. Thankfully Paulos doesn’t go this far, but he does hint in that direction from time to time.

The New York Times. 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 cheap parlor tricks.


About John Allen Paulos. And as computers take over more and more of the calculations needed during our paulo, I don’t see where this lack is going to alln dealt with in the near future. It was educational, and I learned a good amount of information.

Design by Sweb Development. The number 4 is not exactly commonplace, but numbers like ten thousand, one million, and a trillion are. He seems genuinely surprised that there might be people for whom these questions are not interesting. His arrogance is particularly off-putting when casually insulting educators a population to which I belong and also when dismissing dreams; though I accept his innumegacy about their predictability, I respect the human mind enough to acknowledge we probably don’t understand exactly how they work yet.


He determined the probability of this, found it to be low but not low enough for him, so now he always travels with a bomb in his suitcase. The complete review ‘s Review:. For example, the danger of getting killed in a car accident is much greater than terrorism and this danger should be reflected in how we allocate our limited resources.

What have all these expenditures ours and theirs bought over the years? Despite an occasional dose of dated references gotta do something about that Strategic Defense Initiative and mild sexism suggests women avoid chem and allej classes because of maththis is a helpful look into why and how jnnumeracy understand numbers. Given the fact that so many doctors seem to believe that there must be at least eleven people in the waiting room if innimeracy to avoid being idle, I”m not surprised at this new evidence of their innumeracy.

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Lists with This Book. This doesn’t mean that one side or the other is necessarily likely to get that far ahead – but if someone DOES, by pure chance, then they’re likely to stay ahead. It would be handy for people to be able to judge for themselves whether or not a number cited in the newspaper is realistic.

One of the topics covered in this book is probability.