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. Paulos (mathematics, Temple U.) examines many aspects of popular culture, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims to.

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He mentions standard things like poor math education, psychological blocks like “math anxiety”, and laulos misconceptions that math is just cold spiritless arithmetic. Selected pages Title Page. Another good section is about reward and punishment. To cite some happier illustrations for smaller numbers, the standard I use for the lowly thousand is a section of Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia which I know contains 1, innumetacy and which is easy to picture.

Feb 24, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: Glenn Morgan check this link for a full description on why this is wrong and by how paulow https: It is certainly sad, though, how little progress the American public has made in this domain since this book was originally published.

Or maybe, it just proves his point even more strongly Apr 15, Gina rated it it was ok.

Mar 04, Mark Tuminello rated it it was amazing. Innuneracy like this book, and recommend it to anyone with the time to read it. That’s all well and good, but it c In “Innumeracy”, John Allen Paulos argues that the level of mathematical illiteracy in the United States is shocking and unacceptable, that innumeracy has real and pernicious negative effects, and that it is promoted by poor teaching. Similar to Charles Seife’s Proofiness, John Paulos discuss the devasting consequences of how innumeracy – people’s inability to comprehend very large numbers – could be.

Anyway, reasonable people often believe total crap too.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos

The complete review ‘s Review:. There’s also an interesting comment about “winners” and “losers”. The visitor finally asks if he”s given him the right amount of money, to which the Mainer grudgingly responds, “Just barely. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The number 4 is not exactly commonplace, but numbers like ten thousand, one million, and a trillion are. But Paulos comes off as a bit disparaging of “innumerates” – this is definitely not a book for them, but more for those in the know to tsk-tsk at the state of mathematical literacy.


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I sometimes ask them as an exercise to estimate how fast human hair grows in miles per hour, or approximately how many people die on earth each day, or how many cigarettes are smoked annually in this country.

Do they feel kind of the same to you?

It feels like a precursor to Malcolm Gladwellwhat with his “Did you know. This book speaks for itself.

Innujeracy example, knowing that it takes only about eleven and a half days for a million seconds to tick away, pauloe almost thirty-two years are required for a billion seconds to pass, gives one a better grasp of the relative magnitudes of these two common numbers. Too many are not mathematically capable nor are they interested in teaching mathematics beyond the basics. He’s playing with the numbers and making a killing financially.

I think that in a book it would work to make the whole thing readable from the start, but to gradually introduce more difficult ideas through the book. Innumdracy puns and bad jokes aren’t pathological – I’m just studying! That’s true to a point, but there are many factors that can affect that besides normal ups and downs – amount of practice, sore muscles, more aggressive guarding.

Imnumeracy if Harry is betting heads and Tom is betting tails, and after the first tosses Harry just happens to be ahead 60 to 40, Harry is likely to stay ahead for a long time. The New York Times. The focus on Core could be more productive. It”s analogous to a sign at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel stating: That dealing with numbers strikes terror in the minds of people today and according to this book – which is dated innumeray having been published in – is due to our education.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. They should read my stuff to help them get started down the learning-finance path. But the media isn’t much interested in combatting innumeracy think of how many people got fired after all the networks prematurely declared first Gore then Bush the winner in Florida in the American presidential election — none: Innumeracy is a great book for the era of Ebola panic even if it is quite dated.

His stated purpose is to appeal to innumerates with enjoyable and illuminating examples of everyday, as well as fanciful, uses of mathematics.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

Paulos does consider both the causes and the possible ways to decrease the prevalence of innumeracy, but his discussion and suggestions are necessarily barely elaborated on he has a lot to get to in this short book. There are a lot of innumerates out there.

It’s a breezy enough introduction to the problem of innumeracy, but ultimately it has less to do with its subtitle — Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences — and more to do with Mr. The author, it is eventually revealed, was a mathematical prodigy as a child, and still takes immense pleasure in doing things like deftly computing the volume innumerady all the blood in the world in terms of how deep it would fill Central Park, or how fast human hair grows in miles per hour.

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

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Easy book to read that addresses mathematical illiteracy or “Inumeracy.