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Buy Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. by Professor John Allen Paulos (ISBN: ) from. by. John Allen Paulos. · Rating details · 3, ratings · reviews. Dozens of examples in innumeracy show us how it affects not only personal economics. Innumeracy – by John Allen Paulos. ISBN: Date read: How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 (See my list of + books, for more.).

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He does propose a few solutions here and there, like getting more non-mathematicians writing about math and highlighting the warmth and passion of the subject to get rid of negative stereotypes I capitoli del libro spaziano su vari temi.

Brief, witty and full of practical applications. Throughout the book he makes comparisons such as “The romantics believe that a concern with allfn numbs us to the big questions of grandeur of sunsets and johj Paulos, Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences Hardcover of Innumeracy: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Books by John Allen Paulos.

Weighing in at pages, the interesting-things-learned-per-page of this title is exceedingly high. Jan 18, Charles Eliot rated it it was ok.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. That’s all well paulow good, but it can lead to being condescending and dismissive, to grumpy ranting instead of a full and detailed argument. De hecho, me gusta ver este problema desde otra perspectiva: The fruitful example the author uses to illustrate this concept is regression to the mean.


It talks about how people wrongly wear it as a badge of honor. There”s nothing very tricky about it: Add both to Cart Add both to List. I think perhaps the best part of this book is that it exists – the very concept of innumeracy, just hearing the word, is one of those things that blows a hole wide open in your mind. Numeracy will help people understand that there are going to be trade-offs.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

But if the reader will stick with it, or maybe skip over sections not understood, it’s worth the time spent reading. But, don’t worry as Paulos promises “there won’t be a test” Paulos, xiv. There are asides galore, from scientific notation “not nearly as arcane as many topics discussed in the media” to his idea of a “logarithmic safety index”.

See which new books our editors’ chose as this month’s favorites for kids of all ages. He offers his web address and welcomes feedback [ 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.

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The Language of Science. 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.

Paulos seems to take quite a lot alllen joy finding the most quirky situations to provide an example. I have a few relatively minor complaints, which keep it from being alln stars, but don’t keep it from I think perhaps the best injumeracy of this book is that it exists – the very concept of innumeracy, just hearing the word, is one of those things that blows a hole wide open in your mind.


All these stories and more contained within. I mean, people should understand mathematics beyond, like, knowing how many shoes they need for how many feet they have. Regression to the mean is the tendency for an extreme value of random quantity alleb by a value closer to the mean. The real-life examples are generally more useful: Mathematics is only for a few; 5. Explore our editors’ picks for the best kids’ books of the month.

Basically, this book was not well organized at all, especially puzzling coming from a “coldly rational” mathematician. Evidenced by today’s popular obsessions and myth-making, educating on these concepts remains a difficult task indeed. I don’t have much more to say beyond the fact that this pauloa make worthwhile reading for just about everyone.

Innumeracy – John Allen Paulos

Paulos is a believer in the human condition, specifically the tendency to want it all. Selected pages Title Page.

And what are the costs of our innumeracy?