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Innumeracy : Mathematics Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Innumeracy : Mathematics Illiteracy and Its Consequences - 88 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679726012

ISBN13: 978-0679726012
ISBN10: 0679726012
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Edition/Copyright: 88
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 1988
International: No

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Innumeracy : Mathematics Illiteracy and Its Consequences - 88 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679726012

John Allen Paulos

ISBN13: 978-0679726012
ISBN10: 0679726012
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 88
Publisher: Vintage Books

Published: 1988
International: No
Summary

Dozens of examples in innumeracy show us how it affects not only personal economics and travel plans, but explains mischosen mates, inappropriate drug-testing, and the allure of psuedo-science.

Paulos contends that "innumeracy, an inability to deal comfortably with the fundamental notions of number and chance, plagues far too many otherwiseknowledgeable citizens. . . . {Seeking to illustrate his argument, he discusses what he views as} examples of innumeracy--stock scams, choice of a spouse, newspaper psychics, diet and medical claims, the risk of terrorism, astrology,sports records, elections, sex discrimination, UFOs, insurance and law, psychoanalysis, parapsychology, lotteries, and drug testing among them."(Introduction)

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