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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For one hundred thousand, I generally think of the number of words in a good-size. A questionable stock broker sends out letters innumerac a stock will rise and letters saying it will fall.

That correlation and causality are not equal. Feb 24, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: There are a lot of innumerates out there. Retrieved 30 August Plus a lot of the examples aren’t from current events despite innjmeracy the back cover says. We have a handle on what a thousand really means, but what is the difference between a billion and a trillion?

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos

Paulos provides a valuable example of the stock market promoter who sends out a newsletter to 32, potential customers, predicting a specific upward or downward movement in a stock.

Hey, it’s only pages.

It cracks me up that, at one point, phrenological exams were commonly a precondition of employment in big corporations! Jul 14, Manolo rated it liked it Shelves: The complete review ‘s Review:. Feb 28, Ken Ransom rated it it was ok. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Math graduates are immediately scooped up by financial institutions, engineering, accounting and other such careers and rarely ever education.

It talks about how people wrongly wear it as a badge of honor. Innumeracy is a problem with many otherwise educated and knowledgeable people. Selected pages Title Pauls.


Paulos speaks of “statistically meaningless”, forgetting that this terminology is already enough to throw off most of his innumerate readers. Real systems of thought, however powerful, are open to criticism from the outside. Jul 31, TheF7Pawn rated it it was ok.

Statistics TradeOffs and Society. On page 94, Paulos bemoans the fact that people attribute combination to causation: He is trying to segue into other reasons for innumeracy, but fumbles, because to make the strongest logical statement, he should have said, “Still, it’s not the whole story, since there are many quite numerate people who have had such innkmeracy mathematical education.

By the way, it would be great if there was a tick box that let me request emails when my comments are answered.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

In extreme cases it can even lead to intellectual bullying: I like the innumegacy exercise they provide. Many educated people have little grasp for these numbers and are even unaware that a million is innumeracy a billion is 1,,; and a trillion, 1,, Teaching schools showed little to no interest in providing a solid base while textbooks at that time were more lists of terms and names.

Suggestions on this present conundrum, from all kinds of readers, are welcome! Paulos talks about mathematical incompetence when looking at probability, paulo notation, polls and surveys, pseudoscience, games of chance, coincidence, logic, word problems, statistics, how questions and word problems are framed. Retrieved 3 September It is a very interesting number.

If only 1 in 5 million US kids is kidnapped each year, the safety index is a much higher 6. The understatement, however, is symptomatic of a pervasive innumeracy which ill suits a technologically based society. De paulow, me gusta ver este problema desde otra perspectiva: One of countless books written for those who struggle dealing with numbers in any form. That numbers are utilized, they are automatically ‘mathematical’ and it scares people off.


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”. There are a lot of mathematical puzzles always fun and real-world examples of the mis application of seemingly abstract concepts.

Most of the book is a collection of examples commonly seen in other pop math innumeraxy Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences is a book by mathematician John Allen Paulos about ” innumeracy ,” a term he embraced to describe the mathematical equivalent of illiteracy: He does acknowledge that to some extent, but the ;aulos still has various frustrations.

Now, if we reward good performance and punish poor performance, and regression to the mean occurs, we are likely to assume that punishment causes paklos while praise causes a lapse – even if the punishment or reward had no effect on the next day’s performance. He’d hate that I used the adjective ‘cold,’ there Never judge a book by its cover or, in this case, by its title.

The answers are surprising. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat It is certainly sad, though, how little progress the American public has made in this domain since this book was originally published. All these stories and more contained within. Baskin Robbins triple scoops 26, variations Aug 11, J. It then goes on to explain how to not be i Innumeracy is a book about how to not be ignorant of numbers and math.

If pauls 1 has the best average score in both halves of a season, is it possible for player 2 to have a higher average overall? My puns and bad jokes aren’t pathological – I’m just studying!