A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. John Allen Paulos. pages. Basic Books. $ Hardcover. John Allen Paulos, who sprang to fame with In-. With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made Innumeracy a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the pages of the daily . A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. John Allen Paulos, Author Basic Books $18 (p) ISBN Tweet. More By and About This Author.

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Oct 10, Emma Clement rated it it was ok.

I have rarely enjoyed mayhematician laughed out loud as much a non-fiction book as much as I enjoyed A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. This was written in the mids and the media landscape has changed SO much that some passages of this book read as rather quaint and obsolete.

My only complaint is that some of Paulos’ ideas just I enjoyed this book quite a bit, though not as much as I enjoyed Paulos’ earlier Innumeracy. Reason I gave only three stars was the information became quite repetitive toward the end.

His brevity though, keeps your interest, although he runs way too short on some very interesting topics only four pages on baseball?

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

He mentions Chaos Theory a couple of times, which yet again tantalizes me to find a good book on the subject. This book can be viewed as a follow up to his earlier book “Innumeracy” that furthers his case that the publics inability to grapple basic mathematical arguments has substantial social consequences. I give the book 2. An easy recommendation to make. Post any proof if feasible. I was worried it would too dated a book on current events written before I was born?!?

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On the other hand of true rarity, he goes into the smushing statistic. A mathematician reads the newspaper. La premisa del libro es muy buena: When he spends more than pages on a topic, it gets insightful, but he does that far too seldom.

Since there are infinitely many positive integers, rreads means that there are positive integers that cannot be defined by phrases of under eleven words. Each chapter are his thoughts after reading particular articles in the newspaper and introduce various mathematical theories and statistical concepts that would add some much-needed info to the articles.

In reality, this seems to be merely an attempt to capitalize on the success of that earlier work. Sometimes this introduces a fascinating extra readz, as when the author muses on the extraordinary idea of creating a social graph with a billion people on it.

Overall, a good reminder that the news is, for the most part, first about entertainment, and then about disseminating information. I was hoping for a more detailed analysis with various examples of how math, statistics, graphs, etc are used to mislead or misinform newspaper readers.

Paulos is funny and offers a treasure trove of examples from the contemporary news the mids when he was writing that have “a legitimate mathematical component” as he puts it. I would be curious Paulos is a witty mathematician and makes excellent points newsoaper his analyses of newspapers focusing on the numbers, statistics, ignorance and misrepresentations.


Ma alcuni esempi sono molto azzeccati e alcuni concetti davvero illuminanti. L’informazione rischia a volte di causare danni peggiori dell’ignoranza I also felt the book, like many news stories, never went deep into the math behind the news stories, preferring instead a shallow smattering of stories.

Refresh and try again. The book is somehow timeless, it is as useful and observant now as it was when written. Jan 12, Justin Tapp rated it it was ok Shelves: Aug 04, Jim Razinha rated it really liked it. This is a paradox: Is it fair to discount the message of a book because you suspect that you don’t like the author? I really enjoyed this work.

Paulos examines and dissects the use and misuse of mathematics newspaler newspaper stories. Few of the concepts were new to me, but the presentation is entertaining and some of those concepts are explained better than I tje seen. Paulos estimates 12 million people are banging every hour.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Nov pauloz, Fee rated it really newspaaper it. When the liar says, “I’m lying.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Also refreshing to see explanation of common cognitive biases. Two x of ppl are told a story about a person who parked his car on a hill. Return to Book Page.