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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Confronted with these large numbers and with the correspondingly small probabilities associated with them, the innumerate will inevitably respond with the non sequitur, “Yes, but what if you”re that one,” and then nod knowingly, as if they”ve demolished your argument with their penetrating insight.

Why not last it out? The writing style is casual and engaging, and the examples are relevant and interesting. Your email address will not be published. Real systems of thought, however powerful, are open to criticism from the outside. Although his points are valid, and at times slyly humorous, the tone is at times condescending and and self-pitying.

Not Bad Reviews blakerosser Glenn Morgan check this link for a full description on why this is …more Nabila coincidence and absolute certainty are two very different concepts.

The author engaged in dry parlor tricks like estimating the number of grains of sand on earth.

And each area is liberally doses with some bizarre examples – how to figure how many miles per hour does human hair grow?


The visitor finally asks if he”s given him the right amount of money, to which the Mainer grudgingly responds, “Just barely. Just as coin tosses of a completely fair coin frequently run in hot streaks in seemingly improbable ways, many of the patterns we think we see pzulos financial markets are more noise than signal. Look at newspapers and magazines and on-line games where sudoku are offered. Another good section is about reward and punishment. I already believe that numbers are beautiful and just make sense but it’s always nice to read a book that agrees with you.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

Basically, this book was not well organized at all, especially puzzling coming from a “coldly rational” mathematician. If only 1 in 5 million US kids is kidnapped each year, the safety index is a much higher 6.

Part of making math relevant should be getting away from pure math, but then when it is applied you can’t just ignore the factors that are not easily broken down into math. Palos questionable stock broker sends out letters saying a stock will rise and letters saying it will fall.

It then goes on to explain how to not be innumerate, and gives several suggestions.

View all 7 comments. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. It’s another to have it May 01, Joel rated it it was amazing. 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 pzulos a stock.


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. Many of the examples used are adorably dated, late’s and early’s.

He also does a great job pointing out the negative impact of innumeracy on society in general innnumeracy 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. De hecho, me gusta ver este problema desde otra perspectiva: The author purports to explain numerical illiteracy “innumeracy” and the consequences of it.

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Innumeracy made the New York Times best seller the year it came out in It was educational, and I learned a good amount of information. That correlation and causality are not equal.

apulos Feb 06, Abby rated it it was ok Shelves: Modern Homo sapiens is probably less than 10 trillion seconds old; and the subsequentcomplete disappearance of the Neanderthal version of early Homo sapiens occurred only a trillion or so seconds ago. Not to denigrate any person willing to be an educator but even they are being failed by the system that is teaching them.