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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Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

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. He looks at real-world examples in stock scams, psychics, astrology, sports records, elections, sex discrimination, UFOs, insurance and law, lotteries and drug testing.

But 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. Ni siquiera se trata en profundidad el tema que le da nombre: In the chapter on coincidence and probability, Paulos states: It is a very interesting number.

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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. I bet a lot of his stated intended audience–innumerates–aren’t making it past the first chapter, let alone getting all the way to the end.

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De hecho, me gusta ver este problema desde otra perspectiva: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

It then goes on to explain how innnumeracy not be innumerate, and gives several suggestions. The focus on Core could be more productive. Books by John Allen Paulos.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos

What distinguishes this from other such literature is that Paulos attempts top diagnose the root cause. As he mentions in his new preface to the American edition, examples of widespread paukos still abound — as the “infamous presidential election of ” demonstrated so well.

Still as relevant in as it was in See 2 questions about Innumeracy….

That correlation and causality are not equal. Paulos flaunting his intellectual superiority via a litany of schizoid statistical and probabilistic scenarios.

Feb 06, Abby rated it it was ok Shelves: Yes, you may even get turned on. View all 3 comments. It often feels as though Paulos is calling anyone not mathematically literate an idiot.

The TNT equivalent of all the nuclear weapons in the world amounts to 25, megatons, or 50 trillion pounds, or 10, pounds for every man, woman, and child on earth. 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 innumeracj the USA you’d still get plenty of people to whom this happens simply due to plain chance – not any sort of ESP or anything.


But he already shows part of the weakness of the book here as well.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Many educated people have little grasp for these numbers and are even unaware that a million is 1,; a billion is 1,,; and a trillion, 1,, Oh, human hair grows at. Account Options Sign in.

Despite an occasional dose of dated references gotta innujeracy something about that Strategic Defense Initiative and One of countless books written for those who struggle dealing with numbers in any form.

I greatly enjoyed this novel. On the other hand, his suggested solution is hiring mathematicians as full-time staff in every school to oversee the teaching of math and to rotate in as teachers, which seems quite heavy-handed. One of countless books written for those who struggle dealing with numbers in any form.

There are simple examples to explain mathematical concepts such as the difference between combination and permutation. Refresh and try again. Paulos is aware of some of the problems “I have a difficult time writing at extended length about anything” and he is probably innmueracy when innumracy writes: