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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Feb 24, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Or maybe, it just proves his point even more strongly There are better, kinder math books.

He offers real and current or at least recent examples, as well as explaining the maths behind many of the examples more generally, so in places it is a straightforward well, a less than straightforward Ni siquiera se trata en profundidad el tema que le da nombre: An old married couple in their nineties contact a divorce lawyer, who pleads with them to stay together.

Not to denigrate any person willing to be an educator but even they are being failed by the system that is teaching them. The writing style is casual and engaging, and the examples are relevant and interesting.

The fruitful example the author uses to illustrate this concept is regression to the mean. This is called regression to the mean. Paulos does give the interesting idea of having those retired from pqulos professions possibly providing some classes but in turn, it would require them to return to college for a teaching certificate which most are unwilling to do.

It then goes on to explain how to not be i Innumeracy is a book about how to not be ignorant of numbers and math. Do they feel kind of the same to you?

And as computers take over more and more of innumerxcy calculations needed during our lives, I don’t see where this lack is going to be dealt with in the near future. But each of these topics could have benefited from a much deeper treatment, with both more examples and a more structured argument of how the problem affects us and what we can do to prevent it.


My innumerady and bad jokes aren’t pathological – I’m just studying! Assuming that there’s only a one-in-ten-thousand or one-in-a-million chance of this happening on a given night, over the 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 innumerady anything.

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I had never thought of it quite like that. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He went on to write a couple more according to the same themes. There are misconceptions regarding numbers and Mr. But, that doesn’t mean he isn’t right, and for those who enjoy the acerbic comedy of George Carlin, it wouldn’t be a problem at all. Published August 18th by Hill and Wang first published It explained the math that I needed to understand the concepts in the book.

For example, knowing that it takes only about eleven and a half days for a million seconds to tick away, whereas almost thirty-two years are required for a billion seconds to pass, gives one a better grasp of the relative magnitudes of these two common numbers.

And Paulos shows how the largely innumerate population so readily allows itself to be duped, to its own detriment. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Throughout the book he makes comparisons such as “The romantics believe that a concern with numbers numbs us to the big questions of grandeur of sunsets and waterfalls” Paulos, Stripping the Dread from the Data.

How much Weighing in at pages, the interesting-things-learned-per-page of this title is exceedingly high. Look at newspapers and magazines and on-line games where sudoku are offered. He believes that too often people are innumerate and have many misconceptions about math.

Although his points are valid, and at times slyly humorous, the tone is at times condescending and and self-pitying. Paulos writes takes you back into history with Julius Caesar and brings you back to the present with baseball figures and common mistakes in statistics.


Agriculture”s been here for approximately billion seconds ten thousand yearswriting for about billion seconds, and rock music has been around for only about one billion seconds. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. He does acknowledge that to some extent, but the book still has various frustrations.

Please note that these ratings solely represent jihn 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. At one point he says he finds it hard to write at length, preferring brevity and concision.

Paulos expounds on mathematical concepts as they relate to everyday life – the true nature of particular risks, gambling chances, and understanding extremely large and small numbers.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

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 jonn open in your mind. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. From statistics to probability to the multiplication principle, this book has it all and is written in such a way that makes even the most boring subject interesting to any reader.

A questionable stock broker sends out letters saying a stock will rise and letters saying it will fall. While many people would be ashamed to admit they are illiterate, there is very little shame in saying “I’m a people person, not a numbers person. Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences.