Buy Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. by Professor John Allen Paulos (ISBN: ) from. by. John Allen Paulos. · Rating details · 3, ratings · reviews. Dozens of examples in innumeracy show us how it affects not only personal economics. Innumeracy – by John Allen Paulos. ISBN: Date read: How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 (See my list of + books, for more.).

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Paulos talks about mathematical incompetence when looking at probability, scientific notation, polls and surveys, pseudoscience, games of chance, coincidence, logic, word problems, statistics, how questions and word problems are framed.

They are just innmeracy to carry fairly ibnumeracy, unarguable points, so their relevance is more important than their quality. Paulos writes about many subjects, especially of the dangers of mathematical innumeracy; that is, the layperson’s misconceptions about numbers, probability and logic. Paulos correctly states that, for example: This interesting passage in the book proposes that a logarithmic safety index be used.

Glenn Morgan check this link for a full description on why this is …more Nabila coincidence jogn absolute certainty are two very different concepts. He’d hate that I used the adjective ‘cold,’ there Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. May 23, Jerzy rated it liked it Shelves: There are a lot of innumerates out there.

The appeal of this book comes from the nature of the author’s experience in having studied philosophy, literature and mathematics. On the other hand, his suggested solution is hiring mathematicians as full-time staff in every school to oversee the teaching of math and to rotate in as teachers, which seems quite heavy-handed. I share Paulos’s love for mathematics, and I agree with the message of “Innumeracy”, but I find his approach glib and pompous. He takes the most relevant and sometimes controversial subjects and applies them to math while pointing out how some things are not correct at all.


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. Math numbs or limits our freedom. Paulos speaks of “statistically meaningless”, forgetting that this terminology is already enough to throw off most of his innumerate readers. 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.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Retrieved 5 September English Choose a language for shopping. There’s also some overlap with Thinking, Fast and Slow regarding cognitive blocks to thinking mathema Innumeracy is a great book for the era of Ebola panic even if it is quite dated.

Innumeracy, an inability to deal comfortably with the fundamental notions of number and chance, plagues far too many otherwise knowledgeable citizens. Jan 11, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: If player 1 has the best average score in both halves of a season, is it possible for player 2 to have a higher average overall? Oh, innumedacy hair grows at. It talks about how people wrongly wear it as a badge of honor.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Not Bad Reviews blakerosser I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? The latter is a quite fascinating and useful idea — and relevant to much that he writes about — but some of the many asides and tangents, and the fast pace, make even numerate heads spin. But if the reader will stick with it, or maybe skip over sections not understood, it’s worth the time spent reading.

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. Many educated people have little grasp for these numbers and are even unaware that a million is 1,; a billion is 1,,; and a trillion, 1,, However, he skates from there to explaining formal logic, probability theory, estimations, critiques of psuedo-science, and then to the reasons why so many people just don’t like math.


Innumeracy is a book about how to not be ignorant of numbers and math. So if Harry is betting heads and Tom is betting tails, and after the first tosses Harry just happens to be ahead 60 to 40, Harry is likely to stay ahead for a long time.

Explore our editors’ picks for the best kids’ books of the month. But each of these topics could have benefited from a much deeper treatment, with both more examples and a more structured argument of how the problem affects us and what we can do to prevent it. There is a chapter about this, but it’s not the meat of the book.

He begins by familiarizing the reader with the basis of counting: The understatement, however, is symptomatic of a pervasive innumeracy which ill suits a technologically based society.

Paulos is a believer in the human condition, specifically the tendency to want jojn all. Retrieved 30 August I like the mental exercise they provide. Compare that with these annual rates in the United States: He looks at real-world examples in stock scams, psychics, astrology, sports records, elections, sex discrimination, UFOs, insurance and law, lotteries and drug testing.

Victor Nabila coincidence and absolute certainty are two very different concepts.