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 doesn’t bother to state what is perhaps obvious to him and should be obvious to all: Solving them would be no different if letters were used, colored blocks, or various symbols.

An easy little read about mathematical illiteracy. He also does a great job pointing out the negative impact of innumeracy on society in general – how misunderstandings about things like coincidence and cause and effect can lead to harmful beliefs and behaviors about things like the pseudosciences, gambling, and healthcare. But if the reader will stick with it, or maybe skip over sections not understood, it’s worth the time spent reading.

The New York Times. On page 94, Paulos bemoans the fact that people attribute combination to causation: I capitoli del libro spaziano su vari temi.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Despite some initial reluctance one student maintained that hair just doesn”t grow in miles per hour ,they often improve their feeling for numbers dramatically. Paulos gets the maths right in his general examples, but many of these are Retrieved 5 September Many of us believe incorrectly in the magic of coincidences. Our favorite toys for everyone on your list Top Kid Picks.

Account Options Sign in. And indeed it makes sense that this kind of play is exactly what you do when solving math problems or coming up with proofs. He also has some ideas for improving the state of mathematical education, some of which seem plausible and some of which seem downright wacky.

Jul 09, Lisa rated it did not like it Shelves: Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Politicians, the press, and advertisers are shown — surprise, surprise — as manipulators of numbers in entirely inappropriate ways intentionally and not.


He went on to write a couple more according to the same themes.

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Innumeracy – John Allen Paulos

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Jul 31, TheF7Pawn rated it it was ok. Finally, a few careless and condescending comments about women in science with merely the “required” mention of the underlying sexism behind the reduced ratio of women in STEM left a sour taste in my mouth and makes me hesitant to google the author for fear of another Hitchin’s style character take down.

The big difference is that while Innumeracy may have gotten there first, How Not to be Wrong goes into more detail, explains the math much more clearly, and has a writing style that is leaps and bounds better than the one found here.

Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. In extreme cases it can even lead to intellectual bullying: Innumeracy could lead to Paulos seems to take quite a lot of joy finding the most quirky situations to provide an example. Why do even well-educated people understand so little about mathematics? He takes the most relevant and sometimes controversial subjects and applies them to math while pointing out how some things are not correct at all.

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: Product details Grade Level: 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. Another example is the old adage “everything comes in threes” Paulos, The best parts of this book are the bits on probability and patterns.


Regression to the mean is the tendency for an extreme value of random quantity followed by a value closer to the mean. Share your thoughts with other customers. See and discover other items: On the other hand, his suggested solution is hiring mathematicians as full-time staff in every school to oversee the teaching of math and to rotate in as teachers, which seems quite heavy-handed. The author does a great job of putting perhaps non-intuitive concepts in perspective.

Compare that with these annual rates in the United States: My other complaint is that some of his arguments are poorly structured, but I am willing to forgive it because he is not really making any innuemracy that any reasonable person who would be reading the book would need to be air tight. All these stories and more contained within.

And as computers take over more and more of the calculations needed during our lives, I don’t see where this lack is going to be dealt with in the near future. And at each level of math education, the lack of an adequate background and foundation increases leaving more and more people disenchanted.

Resources could be distributed more efficiently. Assuming that there’s only a one-in-ten-thousand or one-in-a-million chance of this happening on a given night, over paaulos course of a year in a big country like the USA you’d still get plenty of people to whom this happens simply due to plain chance – not any sort of ESP or anything. Without some appreciation of common large numbers, it”s impossible to al,en with the proper skepticism to terrifying reports that more than a million American kids are kidnapped each year, or with the proper sobriety to a warhead carrying a megaton of explosive power–the equivalent of a million tons or two billion pounds of TNT.

Mathematics is only for a few; 5. I had never thought of it quite like that. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.