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A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. John Allen Paulos. pages. Basic Books. $ Hardcover. John Allen Paulos, who sprang to fame with In-. With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made Innumeracy a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the pages of the daily . A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. John Allen Paulos, Author Basic Books $18 (p) ISBN Tweet. More By and About This Author.

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Aug 04, Jim Razinha rated it really liked it. The book is about pages but has over 50 chapters.

Overall, a good reminder that the news is, for the most part, first about entertainment, and then about disseminating information. Had he dropped a This book, as I probably should have realized, is largely comprised of Paulos’s vague musings. Group A is told the car rolled down and hit a fire hydrant.

People want information and facts quick, a top 10 brings closure quickly. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Paulos examines and dissects the use and misuse of mathematics in newspaper stories. Oct 10, Emma Clement rated it it was ok. Some of the content is covered in his other books, but he’s amusing enough that it’s worth reading. Jul 07, Dave rated it really liked it.

For mathematiciann, the Central Limit Theorem: When you divide the This book was written in and there were 5. If there are positive integers that satisfy a given property, then there is a smallest positive integer that satisfies that property; therefore, there is a smallest positive integer satisfying the property “not definable in under eleven words”.


A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

I was worried it would too dated a book on current events written before I was born?!? Refresh and try again. This is the integer to which the above expression refers. On the other hand of true rarity, he goes into the smushing statistic. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This news;aper has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Overall, though, a very worthwhile read.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Is the number less than z? I thought it would be a fun and accessible look at how statistics are misused in the media. Trivia About A Mathematician R Question is, how the fuck does he estimate the amount of Fuck?

Arranged as newspaper content, with politics and current topics first, followed by local news, lifestyles, science, and sports, he writes short “articles” with composite made up headlines to draw you in; not any different than any newspaper. Paulos attempts to discuss how a grasp of maths will allow you to understand better the world around you, such as it is presented in the newspaper. When he spends more than pages on a topic, it gets insightful, but he does that far too seldom.


People are fixated on numbers like 10, is why people so often use a top 10 list.

The author proves to the reader that math is not about numbers but about thinking and logic. Two groups of ppl are told a story about a person who parked his car on a hill. Is it fair to discount the message of a book because you suspect that you don’t like the author? Books by John Allen Paulos. Jun 23, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 18, Charles Eliot rated it it was ok.

Each chapter provides a bite-sized bit of knowledge about statistics and cognitive biases, though toward the end the information became repetitive. It was published inbefore blogs, so it made him more money than simply blogging his thoughts now would.

This book satisfies all those interests. I really enjoyed this work. Paulos explains that newspaoer tend to assign more guilt to an agent, rather than blame fate, luck or chance, when the consequences are more severe. His wry observations and insights are wonderful to behold on paper.

My only gripe is that, at times, he makes the typical mathematician’s error of using a heavily oversimplified A good book.