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. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences. Front Cover. John Allen Paulos. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, – Mathematics – pages.

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Other editions – View all Innumeracy: Never judge a book by its cover or, in this case, by its title. If only 1 in 5 million US kids pauls kidnapped each year, the safety index is a much higher 6. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. Similar to Charles Seife’s Proofiness, John Paulos discuss the devasting consequences of how innumeracy – people’s inability to comprehend very large numbers – could be.

Part of making math relevant should be getting away from pure math, but then when it is applied you can’t just ignore the factors that are not easily broken down into math.

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A little discrete math is all innnumeracy takes to have a toolset for evaluating all kinds of claims, and the author’s analysis of the popular pseudoscientific fads of his day are applicable to all sorts of poppycock that happens now. Innumeracy by John Allen Alleen. The difficulty that not only our youth are experiencing when dealing with any but the most basic of math skills but how this has been an on-going problem for decades.


Retrieved from ” https: And at each level of math education, the lack of an adequate background and foundation increases leaving more and more people disenchanted.

Aug 11, J. That’s true to a point, but there are many factors that can affect that besides normal ups and downs – amount of practice, sore muscles, more aggressive guarding. It serves as an excellent antidote to tedious classroom lectures on the difference between inverse and direct proportions. No bibliography or index. My puns and bad jokes aren’t pathological – I’m just studying!

Paulos and his constant influx of quirky b and examples kept amusing and interesting what next? 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.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

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,” innumeracu then nod knowingly, as if they”ve demolished your argument with their penetrating insight.

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While it hasn’t completely killed my interest in coincidences, it tried valiantly to do so. The Power of Mathematical Thinking immediately before reading Innumeracy and there’s a fair amount of overlap between the two. Jan 11, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: He qllen methodically recounts the money once, twice, jobn times. Innumeracy, an inability to deal comfortably with the fundamental notions of number and chance, plagues far too many otherwise knowledgeable citizens.


About John Allen Paulos. Johhn writing style is casual and engaging, and the examples are relevant and interesting. I believe I’m not being nit-picky to say that his poor control over logic is a deterrent to finishing his book about the poor state of logic in America. Aug 04, Jonathan rated it liked it Shelves: It impacts the tone by making it sound more scholarly, more intelligent.

Paulos fills his book with examples of how we can be easily misled about numerical scale. I greatly enjoyed this novel. There are some good ideas and points in here.

I share Paulos’s love for mathematics, and I agree with the message of “Innumeracy”, but I find his approach glib and pompous. As is it felt like little more than a talent show.

Resources could be distributed more efficiently. Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences. So, I’m on page ofand I refuse to read any further.

On page 94, Paulos bemoans the fact that people attribute combination to causation: