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.
|Published (Last):||13 April 2012|
|PDF File Size:||5.66 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||18.99 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page.
With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made Innumeracy a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the pages of the daily newspaper showing how math and numbers are a key element in many of the articles we read every day.
From the Senate, SATs, and sex, to crime, celebrities, and cults, he takes stories that may not seem to involve mathematic With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made Innumeracy a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the pages of the daily newspaper showing how math and numbers are a key element in many of the articles we read every day. From the Senate, SATs, and sex, to crime, celebrities, and cults, he takes stories that may not seem to involve mathematics at all and demonstrates how a lack of mathematical knowledge can hinder our understanding of them.
Paperbackpages. Published September 26th by Anchor first published April 6th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about A Mathematician Reads the Newspaperplease sign up. Be the first to ask mathematiciqn question about Psulos Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Jun 23, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: A biochemist jhon quite make it through this book, but close enough Nov 29, Fee rated it really liked it. This book was written in and there were 5. It is and now there are 7. This book was cool, because the author went through all the sections of the newspaper starting with the politics which he claims does not really tell you reacs about truth upon headlines to get you to buy the paper ending his explanations with sports and entertainment.
People get fixated on words like Korupt, strikes, embezzlement, murder. When you divide the This book was written in and there were 5. When you divide these events to the amount of people in the world, it is almost impossible for these events to truly effect you. People are fixated on numbers like 10, is why people so often use a top 10 list.
People want information and facts quick, a top 10 brings closure quickly. On the other hand of true rarity, he goes mwthematician the smushing statistic. Paulos estimates 12 million people are banging every hour. If there are 24 hours in a day, that is million people humping in a day. Question is, how the fuck does he estimate the amount of Fuck? Bottom line, this author tells a little about every section, and how writers paulod to reel you in with popular words and numbers that magnetize your brain.
De este tipo de situaciones es de las que el autor intenta advertirnos. Mar 18, Charles Eliot rated it it was ok. When my children were young we would watch nature programs on the television together, and I would teach then reeads ask “How do they know that?
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 jphn, 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 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 actually true”.
A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper
I should have liked “A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper” more than I did, because it shares the same spirit of enlightened scepticism that I hoped to pass onto my children. Some passages, such as the discussion of voting systems and how they can produce very different election neaspaper, were informative, insightful, and challenging.
But most of the time I found myself reminded that enlightened scepticism is not the same as self-important curmudgeonly grumpiness. Is it fair to discount the message of a book because you suspect that you don’t like the author?
Sometimes this introduces a fascinating extra dimension, as when the author muses on the extraordinary idea mathematiccian creating a social graph with a nnewspaper people on it.
May 18, JP rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this work. The author proves to the reader that math is not about numbers but about thinking and logic. Covering a wide range of general examples, he brings home the concepts of probability, game theory voting, poltical territorychaos economic forecasting, epidemics, marketsnon-linearity, logic, and the complexity horizon. He also brings out the finer points regarding interpretation and use of analytical tools: Few of the concepts were new to me, but the presentation is entertaining and some of those concepts are explained better than I have seen.
For example, the Central Limit Theorem: Jul 17, Justin rated it it was ok Shelves: This book, as I probably should have realized, is largely comprised of Paulos’s vague musings. When he spends more than pages on a topic, it gets insightful, but he does that far too seldom. There are plenty of good nuggets here, but the lazy format just doesn’t hold up too many sections of “Hey, here’s an idea that I find moderately interesting, but I’m not going to bother digging into it.
Had he dropped a This book, as I probably should mohn realized, is largely mathematocian of Paulos’s vague musings. Had psulos dropped a few of the sections “No one can forecast fashion! It makes me wonder if his actual bestseller Innumeracy is more what I’d have in mind, or just more wandering Dec 11, Justin rated it liked it. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, though not as much as I enjoyed Paulos’ earlier Innumeracy.
He turns phrases beautifully and explains not-so-obvious mathematical phenomena very clearly. For example, if you go up against a tennis player with whom you win 40 mathwmatician of your points, your chances of winning a match are only a paltry. The proof is on page of the paperback edition.
My only complaint is that some of Paulos’ ideas just I enjoyed this book quite a bit, though not as much as I enjoyed Paulos’ earlier Innumeracy. Mahhematician 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 tbe didn’t neewspaper nix those segments. Overall, though, a very worthwhile read.
Nov 08, Sarah Delacueva rated it it was ok. I read a small exerpt from this book in a statistics class once and found it enjoyable. I thought it would be a fun and accessible look at how statistics are misused in the media. Unfortunately, the description fun and accessible does not apply to the book on the whole. 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.
A fabulous read – highly recommended I have to say I really enjoy John Allen Paulo’s style of writing. His wry observations and insights are wonderful to behold on paper. The book is somehow timeless, it is as useful and observant now as it was when written. An easy recommendation to make. Aug 29, Joseph Carrabis rated it it was amazing.
I have rarely enjoyed or laughed out loud as much a non-fiction book as much as I enjoyed A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. It was enjoyable both due to my background in mathematics and social psychology, and Paulos is a gifted storyteller.
The best part is that you don’t need any scientific training to appreciate it.
A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos
Aug 12, Moses Hetfield rated it really liked it. This book was interesting and fun to read. I was worried it would too dated a book on current events written before I was born?!?
Some of his points are more insightful than others, but he does provide many cool examples of ways to apply mathematics to the way we read newspapers. Nov 24, Sarah Rigg rated it liked it. This was written in the mids raeds the media landscape has changed SO much that some mathemwtician of this book read as rather quaint and obsolete. 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. I’d love to see him release an updated version of this book for the age of online media.
Apr 02, Michael Norwitz rated it really liked it. Paulos examines and dissects the use and misuse of mathematics in newspaper stories. A lot of it is interesting although there’s disappointingly few analysis of important political stories. I also wonder whether the level of general reportage nowadays renders some newspaaper the book old-fashioned. Oct 10, Emma Clement rated it it was ok.
An interesting take on news and media, kind of outdated and boring at times, though. Jul 07, Dave rated it really liked it. A nice collection of short musings by an expert on how not to be misled by popular news sources. May 30, Anthony Faber rated it liked it.
Some of the content is covered in his other books, but he’s amusing enough that it’s worth reading. Jun 13, Leela rated it liked it. It is an mathematicixn take on a mathematician reading a newspaper. 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.