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Innumeracy : Mathematics Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Innumeracy : Mathematics Illiteracy and Its Consequences - (rev edition

ISBN13: 978-0809058402

Cover of Innumeracy : Mathematics Illiteracy and Its Consequences (REV)01 (ISBN 978-0809058402)
ISBN13: 978-0809058402
ISBN10: 0809058405
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: (REV)01
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Published: 2001
International: No

List price: $15.00

Innumeracy : Mathematics Illiteracy and Its Consequences - (REV)01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0809058402

John Allen Paulos

ISBN13: 978-0809058402
ISBN10: 0809058405
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: (REV)01
Publisher: Hill and Wang

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

Why do even well-educated people understand so little about mathematics? And what are the costs of our innumeracy? John Allen Paulos, in his celebrated bestseller first published in 1988, argues that our inability to deal rationally with very large numbers and the probabilities associated with them results in misinformed governmental policies, confused personal decisions, and an increased susceptibility to pseudoscience of all kinds. Innumeracy lets us know what we're missing, and how we can do something about it.

Sprinkling his discussion of numbers and probabilities with quirky stories and anecdotes, Paulos ranges freely over many aspects of modern life, from contested elections to sports stats, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims, sex discrimination, insurance, lotteries, and drug testing. Readers of Innumeracy will be rewarded with scores of astonishing facts, a fistful of powerful ideas, and, most important, a clearer, more quantitative way of looking at their world.

Author Bio

Paulos, John Allen : Temple University

John Allen Paulos, professor of mathematics at Temple University and the author of several other popular books on mathematics, is a regular contributor to national publications, including The New York Times and Newsweek. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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