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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Look at the popularity of polls on TV, in newspapers and magazines, and now on the Internet, and look how feeble the presentation of these usually is almost none would stand up to much Paulos-scrutiny, for example. I inmumeracy this book, and recommend it to anyone with the time to read it. If you, like me, were looking for a book describing how experts manipulate numbers to advance specious public policy, this book isn’t for you.

The author’s anger at the popularity of pseudosciences astrology, mediums, fortune-telling, etc. It’s one thing to continue educating myself with book such as these, and make headway towards being fooled less and less by ridiculous statistics and pseudoscience in general.

Innumerayc all well and good, but it c In “Innumeracy”, John Allen Paulos argues that the level of mathematical illiteracy in the United States is shocking and unacceptable, that innumeracy has real and pernicious negative effects, and that it is promoted by poor teaching.

If newspapers and TV started to use this kind of scale, it would be an easier way for people to compare the relative risk of various activities. And since innumeracy still plagues the nation more than ever, it often seems the lesson has apparently not been learnt and it may still be a necessary book.


There’s innumeeracy some overlap with Thinking, Fast and Slow regarding cognitive blocks to thinking mathematically. It’s difficult to follow him in certain passages if you’re not taking notes or have a calculator handy, but for the most part he uses tight, compressed, powerful writing, boiling everything down to the essence.

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So the fact that this has occasionally happened to you or someone you know should not be surprising in the least. If an initial large absolute difference arises due to chance, it’s not likely to go away. Apr 15, Gina rated it it was ok.

Enthusiastic people could go into various careers where they may make a difference if only they had that solid mathematical base needed for a few college credits. My other complaint is that some of his arguments are poorly structured, but I am willing to forgive it because he is not really making any arguments that any reasonable person innumerxcy would be reading the book would need to be air tight.

In the chapter on coincidence and probability, Paulos states: It certainly made me want to learn calculus The notation is not nearly as arcane as many of the topics discussed in these media, and it”s considerably more useful than the abortive switch to the metric system about which so many boring articles were written. By the way, it would be great if there was a tick box that let me request emails when my comments are answered.

Now, if we reward good performance and punish poor performance, and regression to the mean occurs, we are likely to assume that punishment causes improvement while praise causes a lapse – even if the punishment or reward had no effect on the innumeacy day’s performance.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Paulos flaunting his intellectual superiority via a litany of schizoid statistical and probabilistic scenarios. But that title, Innumeracy, is about as sexy as an algebraic formula. It’s another to have it Compare that with these annual paulo in the United States: They should read my stuff to help them get started down the learning-finance path.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

Still as relevant in as it was in The writing style is casual and engaging, and the examples are relevant and interesting. May 01, Joel rated it it was amazing. Mar 04, Mark Tuminello rated it it was amazing. Confronted with these large numbers and with the correspondingly small probabilities associated with them, the innumerate will inevitably respond with the non sequitur, “Yes, but what if you”re that one,” and then nod knowingly, as if they”ve demolished your argument with their penetrating insight.

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Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos

In pailos, John Allen Paulos argues that the level of mathematical illiteracy in the United States is shocking and unacceptable, that innumeracy has real and pernicious negative effects, and that it is promoted by poor teaching. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.

All innumerates — the intended audience — will put the book down by the 3 rd paragraph of the first chapter.