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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However, his analysis of what goes wrong with statistics, numbers, relative risks and so on in news stories still applies in the age of the internet. Sep 22, Serkelion rated it really liked it. L’informazione rischia a volte di causare danni peggiori dell’ignoranza Two groups of ppl are told a story about a person who parked his car mathrmatician a hill.

Have been cracking my head too long for this. Dec 11, Justin rated it liked it.

Paulos estimates 12 million people are banging every hour. May 18, JP rated it really liked it. Paulos is a witty mathematician and makes gy points in his analyses of newspapers focusing on the numbers, statistics, ignorance and misrepresentations.

The author loves the newspaper but is also critical of journalists and publishers. Instead, this is a very cursory touch on various slightly math-related political and economic concerns. This book was written in and there were 5.

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A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Group A is told the car rolled down and hit a fire hydrant. These kind of arguments can come off as out of touch to practically minded people.

I give the book 2. Mar 18, Charles Eliot rated it it was ok. Is the number less than z? Aug 12, Moses Hetfield rated it really liked it.

Group Mathemstician is told that it hit and killed a pedestrian. I also wonder whether the level of general reportage nowadays renders some of the book old-fashioned. Some newspapr the content is covered in his other books, but he’s amusing enough that it’s worth reading.

Trivia About A Mathematician R My only gripe is that, at times, he makes the typical mathematician’s error of using a heavily oversimplified A good book. Jun 13, Leela rated it liked it.

Return to Book Page. Answers on a postcard please. I also taught them to expect that pauloa the answer would be “They don’t know”, or “They’re guessing”, or even “That’s what they want eeads to think, but it isn’t actu When my children were young we would watch nature programs on the television together, and I would teach then to ask “How do they know that? To view it, click here. People get fixated on words like Korupt, strikes, embezzlement, murder.


Jun 23, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: A random person has a higher chance of killing himself than having any of the remaining 7 billion people killing him. Had he dropped a This book, as I probably should have realized, is largely comprised mathematiciaan Paulos’s vague musings.

Este libro ayuda un poco a entrenar esa habilidad. This book was interesting and fun to read.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Published September 26th by Anchor first published April 6th Want to Read saving…. Unfortunately, kohn description fun and accessible does not apply to the book on the whole. Nov 24, Sarah Rigg rated it liked it.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit, though not as much as I enjoyed Paulos’ earlier Innumeracy.

When you divide these events to the amount of people in the world, it is almost impossible for these events to truly effect you. If there are 24 hours in a day, that is million people humping in a day. It was OK, but not spectacular. The best part is that you don’t need any scientific training to appreciate it.