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. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences. Front Cover. John Allen Paulos. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, – Mathematics – pages.

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One of countless books written for those who struggle dealing with numbers in any form.

Mar 04, Mark Tuminello rated it it was amazing. Pauloos I do really like his idea of placing more emphasis on estimation in schools, and especially that people should build personal mental libraries of collections of things for every power of 10 up to at least a trillion.

Other editions – View all Innumeracy: In the chapter on pseudoscience, the author skewers such topics as psychics, astrology, and numerology. The stock falls so to the that got the initial falling letter, he sends out saying another stock will rise and that it will fall.

Retrieved 1 September Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. But he already shows part of the weakness of the book here as well. And indeed it makes sense that this kind of play is exactly what you do when solving math problems or coming up with proofs.

Never judge a book by its cover or, in this case, by its title. But my highest value-added wllen, in terms of a personal finance book, is for the non-expert reader.

After allowing them to disperse about the lake, we catch another hundred fish and see what fraction of them are marked. For instance, I think we can all agree that math education has been biased towards the rote memorization of formulas and terms at the expense of fluency and “playful” exploration of numerical and geometrical concepts.


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I think perhaps the best part of this book is that it exists – the very concept of innumeracy, just hearing the word, is one of those things that blows a hole wide open in your mind.

The understatement, however, is symptomatic of a pervasive innumeracy which ill suits a technologically based society.

The result would be a higher overall batting average for Gehrig than for Ruth: The book starts off by explaining what it means to be innumerate.

The author’s anger at the popularity of pseudosciences astrology, mediums, fortune-telling, allrn. Return to Book Page.

allem To make small talk, he remarked thatthe number of the taxi which had brought him, was a rather dull number, to which Ramanujan inumeracy immediately, “No, Hardy! 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.

But if the reader will stick with it, or maybe skip over sections not understood, it’s worth the time spent reading.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

For example, the stadium in our town seats 1, people; a wall nearby has 10, bricks; etc. Anyway, reasonable people often believe total crap too. He also explains the capture-recapture method for estimating the number of fish in a lake. I once had a conversation with a doctor who, paklos approximately twenty minutes, stated that a certain procedure he was contemplating a had a one-chance-in-a-million risk associated with it; b was 99 percent safe; and c usually went quite well.

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Innumeracy – John Allen Paulos

Look at the popularity of polls on TV, in newspapers and magazines, and now on the Internet, and look how feeble the presentation of these usually is almost none would stand up to much Paulos-scrutiny, for example. His stated purpose is to appeal to innumerates with enjoyable and illuminating examples of everyday, as well as fanciful, uses of mathematics. August 30,8: Additionally, I will alllen pick up any book by Paulos again, nor will I read anything he recommends.


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 pauloz they”ve demolished your argument with their penetrating insight. Plus a lot of the innkmeracy aren’t from current events despite what the back cover says.

Weighing in at pages, the interesting-things-learned-per-page of this title is exceedingly high. My library Help Advanced Book Search. It was educational, and I learned a good amount of information.

The definition of innumeracy is being illiterate with numbers, both in the book and in a dictionary. Why not last it out? About John Allen Paulos. Paulos oaulos about mathematical incompetence when looking ninumeracy probability, scientific notation, polls and surveys, pseudoscience, games of chance, coincidence, logic, word problems, statistics, how questions and word problems are framed. He also has some ideas for improving the state of mathematical education, some of which seem plausible and some of which seem downright wacky.

Solving them would be no different if letters were used, colored blocks, or various symbols.