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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Paulos gets the maths right in his general examples, but many of these are It explained the math that I needed to understand the concepts in the book.

The TNT equivalent of all the nuclear weapons in the world amounts to 25, megatons, or 50 trillion pounds, or 10, pounds for every man, woman, and child on earth. 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.

A useful book — but who will read it? Selected pages Title Page.

Despite an occasional dose of dated references gotta do something about that Strategic Defense Initiative and mild sexism suggests women avoid chem and econ classes because of maththis is a helpful look into why innumerracy how people understand numbers.

It focuses on statistics, as they are more prominent in our world than other types of math.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

Innumeracy 6 28 May 13, And since innumeracy still plagues the nation more than ever, it often seems the lesson has apparently not been learnt and it may still be a necessary book. Despite some initial reluctance one student inumeracy that hair just doesn”t grow in miles per hour ,they often improve their feeling for numbers dramatically. I enjoyed the book, and some Bankers Anonymous readers would as well. While it hasn’t completely killed my interest in coincidences, it tried valiantly to do so.


I like this book, and recommend it to anyone with the time to read it.

My puns and bad jokes aren’t pathological – I’m just studying! Paulos is aware of some of the problems “I have a difficult time writing at extended length about anything” and he is probably right when he writes: Confronted with these large numbers and with the correspondingly small probabilities associated with them, the innumerate will inevitably respond with the non sequitur, “Yes, but what if you”re that one,” and then nod knowingly, as if they”ve demolished your argument with their penetrating insight.

No bibliography or index. He seems genuinely surprised that there might be people for whom these questions are not interesting. On page 94, Paulos bemoans the fact that people attribute combination to causation: The author purports to explain numerical illiteracy “innumeracy” and the consequences of it.

There”s a joke I like that”s marginally relevant. Jan 11, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: A recent study by Drs.

Paulos speaks mainly of the common misconceptions in regard to numbers. It certainly made me want to learn calculus But my highest alleh proposition, in terms of a personal finance book, is for the non-expert reader. 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 minds to glance away.

May 01, Joel rated it it was amazing. Paulos writes about many subjects, especially of the dangers of mathematical innumeracy; that is, the layperson’s misconceptions about numbers, probability and al,en.


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Many of the examples used are adorably dated, late’s and early’s. This is called regression to the mean. It impacts the tone by making it sound more scholarly, more intelligent. The definition of innumeracy is being illiterate with numbers, both in the book and in a dictionary. He defines “innumeracy” as “an inability to deal comfortably with the fundamental notions of number and chance”, and it seems as popular as ever.

His stated purpose is to appeal to innumerates with enjoyable and illuminating examples of everyday, as well as fanciful, uses of mathematics. Paulos expounds on mathematical concepts as they relate to everyday life – the true nature of particular risks, gambling chances, and understanding extremely large and small numbers.

Paulos flaunting his intellectual superiority via a litany of schizoid statistical and probabilistic scenarios. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The author does a great job of putting perhaps non-intuitive concepts in perspective. Oct 12, Kirsten rated it liked it Shelves: Allne Paulos doesn’t go this far, but he does hint in that direction from time to time.