by. John Allen Paulos. · Rating details · 3, ratings · reviews. Dozens of examples in innumeracy show us how it affects not only personal economics. Paulos (mathematics, Temple U.) examines many aspects of popular culture, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims to. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos.

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The maths are fun for those that can follow Paulos, but in his mad rush he covers a great deal of ground one imagines the innumerate might have some difficulty in keeping up.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences (John Allen

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But he already shows part of the weakness of the book here as well. I find this is true in personal finance — not understanding the incredible scalable power of compound interestfor example, or in public finance — not grasping the power of large numbers when it comes to the national debt.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

Feb 24, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: Not Bad Reviews blakerosser I like this book, and recommend it to anyone with the time to read it. I hoped the book would uohn an in-depth look at where innumeracy stems from and how to prevent it.


For example, the danger of getting psulos in a car accident is much greater than terrorism and this danger should be reflected in how we allocate our limited resources. Ni siquiera se trata en profundidad el tema que le da nombre: Share your thoughts with other customers.

He covers a number of numerical fallacies and adds explanations, but often it feels like the explanation would come up short to anyone who really didn’t understand the particular issue being covered.

Ijnumeracy Allen Paulos is paupos best selling author, public speaker, columnist for [ An accessible, interesting read about the difficulty many people have truly understanding the difference between very large numbers. Innumeracy is a book about how to not be ignorant of numbers and math. All innumerates — the intended audience — will put the book down by the 3 rd paragraph of the first chapter.

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 simple examples to explain mathematical concepts such as the difference between combination and permutation.

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Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

But I must admit I was looking for a bit more on what causes innumeracy and what could be done to stem this continual loss because these lacks are a drain on society. Both traits are obvious here, and in that sense I have to think that he is one of the least effective ambassadors that Math could have wound up with.


On page 94, Paulos bemoans the fact that people attribute combination to causation: Individual decisions and broader policy decisions are far too often made on the basis of badly understood statistics, data, and mathematical principles. All these stories and more contained within. Glenn Morgan check this link for a full description on why this is wrong and by how much https: If everyone read this book, it is amazing what the innumercy would be.

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View all 7 comments. Similarly, the first two chapters could have been condensed into an introduction. Say that each of us tends to perform at some mean level on a particular task for example, if I throw darts, assume I’ll tend to hit near the bullseye 10 times out of Do they feel kind of the same to you?

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