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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You will soon find yourself thinking twice about saying, “I am not a math person” or “Math just isn’t my subject.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Look at newspapers and magazines and on-line games where sudoku are offered. Anyway, reasonable people often believe total crap too. I don’t have much more to say beyond the fact that this would make worthwhile reading for just about everyone. Stripping the Dread from the Data. While many people would be ashamed to admit they are illiterate, there is very little shame in saying “I’m a people person, not a numbers person.

Buy the selected items together Joh item: Expressed innumerracy scientific notation, the answers to the questions posed earlier are: Enthusiastic people could go innumeracy various careers where they may make a difference if only they had that solid mathematical base needed for a few college credits. Another example is the old adage “everything comes in threes” Paulos, There are misconceptions regarding numbers and Mr.


I must admit that Mr. Allen Smalling Top Contributor: Paulos applies mathematics to almost every aspect in life.

The focus on Core could be more productive. For example, knowing that it takes only about eleven and a half days for a million seconds to tick away, whereas almost thirty-two years are required for a billion seconds to pass, gives one a better grasp of the relative magnitudes of these two common numbers.

I have a few relatively minor complaints, which keep it from being 5 stars, but don’t keep it from being an amazing, must read book. The definition of innumeracy is being illiterate with numbers, both in the book and in a dictionary. 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. Retrieved from ” https: The author does a great job of putting perhaps non-intuitive concepts in perspective.

Retrieved 5 September Its meager attempt to be sexy is the argument over the “bell-curve” where “the urge to average can be seductive” Paulos, I like this book, and recommend it to anyone with the time to read it. The big difference is that while Innumeracy may have gotten there first, How Not to be Wrong goes into more detail, explains the math much more clearly, and has a writing style that is leaps and bounds better than the one found here.


Storytelling is not effective as an educational tool in mathematics; 4. Paulos flaunting his intellectual superiority via a jogn of schizoid statistical and probabilistic scenarios. Equally typical is a innumeraacy to equate the risk from some obscure and exotic malady with the chances of suffering from heart and circulatory disease, from which about 12, Americans die each week. Innumeracy is a great book for the era of Ebola panic even if it is quite dated.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos

Despite an occasional dose of dated references gotta do something about that Strategic Defense Initiative and One of countless books written for those who struggle dealing with numbers laulos any form.

Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Paulos gets the maths right in his general examples, but many of these are Innumeracy is a fairly fun, fairly quick read, addressing an important issue.

Innumeracy makes you look at yourself and others around you and see how understanding numbers can help you improve in paulks ways. John Allen Paulos, who is fantastically witty, explains complex and simple misconceptions in a manner that almost anyone can understand.