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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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Sometimes this introduces a fascinating extra dimension, as when the author muses on newspapr extraordinary idea of creating a social graph with a billion people on it. I’m a bit chary of criticizing a guy who wrote a book as useful as Innumeracy – Mathematical Illiteracy Ands Its Consequences.

My only complaint is that some of Paulos’ ideas just aren’t fleshed out, and he sometimes notes this himself in the text, which leads me to wonder why he or his newsppaper didn’t just nix those segments. De este tipo de situaciones es de las que el autor intenta advertirnos. It was published inbefore blogs, so it made him more money than simply blogging his thoughts now would.

This was written in the mids and the media landscape has changed SO much that some passages of this book read as rather quaint and obsolete. Sep 22, Serkelion rated it really liked it. Feb 23, Roberto Palet rated it really liked it Shelves: He also brings out the finer points regarding interpretation and use of analytical tools: Ma alcuni esempi sono molto azzeccati e alcuni concetti davvero illuminanti.

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This is a paradox: Jul 07, Dave rated it really liked it. I’d love to see him release an updated version of this book for the age of online media. Published inthe topics and references are dated, but the message is not.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

Nov 08, Sarah Mathematiian rated it it was ok. 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.


It is an interesting take on a mathematician reading a newspaper. An easy recommendation to make. No trivia or quizzes yet. My only gripe is that, at times, he makes the typical mathematician’s error of using a heavily oversimplified model to dissect an event that was actually much more complicated, then acting like people who didn’t see it that way are innumerate. Aug 04, Jim Razinha rated it really liked it.

This book was interesting and fun to read. The book is somehow timeless, it is as useful and observant now as it was when written.

Overall, a good reminder that the news is, for the most part, first about entertainment, and then about disseminating information. Many sections of involved math well beyond my level of undestanding and others just seemed poorly organized to the point that I had no idea what point the author was making at any given time.

Published September 26th by Anchor first published April 6th I also taught them to expect that sometimes the answer would be “They don’t know”, or “They’re guessing”, or even “That’s what they want you 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? I read a small exerpt from this book in a statistics class once and found it enjoyable.

Thus, most students like myself never see the big picture and all the wonderful uses of mathematics beyond calculation and engineering.

Applies basic mathematics to provide insights into the biases and misleading material in newspapers. I would be curious Paulos is a witty mathematician and makes excellent points in his analyses of newspapers focusing on the numbers, statistics, ignorance and misrepresentations. Every story, or almost every story, in a newspaper has mathematical angle to it and the author brings that point to life on topics as varied as economy to those numerous – Top 10 lists.

People are fixated on numbers like 10, is why people so often use a top 10 list. Dec 11, Justin rated it liked it.

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A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

My only gripe is lalen, at times, he makes the typical mathematician’s error of using a heavily oversimplified A good book. Question is, how the fuck does he estimate the amount of Fuck? To ask other readers questions about A Mathematician Reads the Newspaperplease sign up.

Refresh and try again. It was OK, but not spectacular. Sep 08, Brian Sison rated it liked it Shelves: Trivia About A Mathematician R A lot of it is interesting although there’s disappointingly few analysis of important political stories.

An interesting take on news and media, kind of outdated and boring at times, though. People want information and facts quick, a top 10 brings closure quickly. Paulos is a witty mathematician and makes excellent points in his analyses of newspapers newsaper on the numbers, statistics, ignorance and misrepresentations. Using RamseyTheory, how many iterations of nine pzulos must I run to more or less ensure every one of 40 pupils will win at least once?

Paulos is funny and offers a treasure trove of examples from the contemporary news the mids when he was writing that have “a legitimate mathematical component” as he puts it.

If you want to know whether any statement X is true or false, and your interlocutor is either a truth teller or a liar, ask him if The two statements — you are a truth teller and statement X — are both true. What’s the mass of the potatoes now? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A random person has a higher chance of killing himself than having any of the remaining 7 billion people killing him.

It is and now there are 7.

Since there are finitely many words, there are finitely many phrases of under eleven words, and hence finitely many positive integers that are defined by phrases of under eleven words.