Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

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Baker & Taylor
The author examines the nation's burgeoning inability to deal rationally with very large numbers, assesses the impact on government policymaking and everyday life, and shows what can be done about this

McMillan Palgrave
Why do even well-educated people understand so little about mathematics? And what are the costs of our innumeracy? John Allen Paulos, in his celebrated bestseller first published in 1988, argues that our inability to deal rationally with very large numbers and the probabilities associated with them results in misinformed governmental policies, confused personal decisions, and an increased susceptibility to pseudoscience of all kinds. Innumeracy lets us know what we're missing, and how we can do something about it.

Sprinkling his discussion of numbers and probabilities with quirky stories and anecdotes, Paulos ranges freely over many aspects of modern life, from contested elections to sports stats, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims, sex discrimination, insurance, lotteries, and drug testing. Readers of Innumeracy will be rewarded with scores of astonishing facts, a fistful of powerful ideas, and, most important, a clearer, more quantitative way of looking at their world.

Book News
Paulos (mathematics, Temple U.) examines many aspects of popular culture, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims to demonstrate the popular misperceptions resulting from the inability to deal with large numbers, probability, ratios. No bibliography or index. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 1988.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780809074471
Branch Call Number: 510 PAU
Characteristics: 135 p. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 01, 2011

This has to be the best and most accessible book on mathematics around. Paulos deftly tackles common misunderstandings about practical mathematics and probability in a way anyone can understand. In fact, I *highly* recommend this book to everyone. It's a very pleasurable read, and highly informative.


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