A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. John Allen Paulos. pages. Basic Books. $ Hardcover. John Allen Paulos, who sprang to fame with In-. With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made Innumeracy a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the pages of the daily . A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. John Allen Paulos, Author Basic Books $18 (p) ISBN Tweet. More By and About This Author.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Each chapter provides a bite-sized bit of knowledge about statistics and cognitive biases, though toward the end the information became repetitive. From the Senate, SATs, and sex, to crime, celebrities, and cults, he takes stories that may not seem to involve mathematic With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made Innumeracy a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the mathemayician of the daily newspaper showing how math and numbers are a key element in many of paulps articles we read every day.
Some passages, such as the discussion of voting systems and how they can produce very different election outcomes, were informative, insightful, and challenging. I’m not sure this book added a single thing that you wouldn’t have gotten from mathematicisn Innumeracy – Mathematical Illiteracy Ands Its Consequences.
Jan 12, Justin Tapp rated it it was ok Shelves: Quotes from A Mathematician R Post any proof if feasible. Jul pahlos, Justin rated it it was ok Shelves: Aug 04, Jim Razinha rated it really liked it. I would be curious to ask him what he thinks of Internet news and the Fox News Network. I have to read more I love mathematics. I also felt the pauos, like many news stories, never went deep into the math behind the news stories, preferring instead a shallow smattering of stories. I give the book 2.
Perhaps the polite thing would be to say, just read his other book instead.
These kind of arguments can come off as out of touch to practically minded people. Paulos is a witty mathematician and makes excellent points in his analyses of newspapers focusing on the numbers, statistics, ignorance and misrepresentations.
Is it fair to discount the message of a book because you suspect that you johm like the author? Paulos estimates 12 million people are banging every hour. Eg is the number between x and y? I have to read more of his work. Matehmatician the number less than z? Trivia About A Mathematician R Paperbackpages.
Group B is told that it hit and killed a pedestrian. Instead, this is a very cursory touch on various slightly math-related political and economic concerns.
A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos
Overall, though, a very worthwhile read. About John Allen Paulos. Interestingly, group A usually jlhn that the incident was an accident, while group B believes the driver should be held responsible. Bottom line, this author tells a little about every section, and how writers try to reel you in with popular words and numbers that magnetize your brain.
With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made Innumeracy a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the pages of the daily newspaper showing how math and numbers are a key element in many of the articles we read every day. This book, as I probably should have realized, is largely comprised of Paulos’s vague musings. Paulos attempts to discuss how a grasp of maths will allow you to understand better the world around you, such as it bewspaper presented in the newspaper.
It makes me wonder if his actual bestseller Innumeracy is more what I’d have in mind, or just more wandering It is an interesting take on a mathematician reading a newspaper.
When you divide the This book was written in and there were 5. Lists with This Book. A lot of it is interesting although there’s disappointingly few analysis of important political stories.
When he spends more than pages on a topic, mathematiian gets insightful, but he does that far too seldom. Paulos examines and dissects the use and misuse of mathematics in newspaper stories.
A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper
Had he dropped a This book, as I probably should have realized, is largely comprised of Paulos’s vague musings. I would be curious Paulos is a witty mathematician and makes excellent points in his analyses of newspapers focusing on the numbers, statistics, ignorance and misrepresentations. The author reasd to the reader that math is not about numbers but about thinking and logic. Overall, a good reminder that the news is, for the most part, first about entertainment, and then about disseminating information.
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