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Proofiness - 10 edition

by Charles Seife

Proofiness (ISBN10: 0670022160; ISBN13: 9780670022168)
ISBN13: 978-0670022168
ISBN10: 0670022160

Summary: The bestselling author of Zeroshows how mathematical misinformation pervades-and shapes-our daily lives.

According to MSNBC, having a child makes you stupid. You actually lose IQ points. Good Morning Americahas announced that natural blondes will be extinct within two hundred years. Pundits estimated that there were more than a million demonstrators at a tea party rally in Washington, D.C., even though roughly sixty thousand were there. Numbers have ...show morepeculiar powers-they can disarm skeptics, befuddle journalists, and hoodwink the public into believing almost anything.

''Proofiness,'' as Charles Seife explains in this eye-opening book, is the art of using pure mathematics for impure ends, and he reminds readers that bad mathematics has a dark side. It is used to bring down beloved government officials and to appoint undeserving ones (both Democratic and Republican), to convict the innocent and acquit the guilty, to ruin our economy, and to fix the outcomes of future elections. This penetrating look at the intersection of math and society will appeal to readers of Freakonomicsand the books of Malcolm Gladwell. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 10
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 09/23/2010
International: No



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