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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The author proves to the reader that math is not about numbers but readw thinking and logic. Trivia About A Mathematician R Paulos estimates 12 million people are banging every hour. He mentions Chaos Theory a couple of times, which yet again tantalizes me to find a good book on the subject.

I’m a bit chary of criticizing a guy who wrote a book as useful as Innumeracy – Mathematical Illiteracy Ands Its Consequences. 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 was worried it would too dated a book on current events written before I jhn born?!?

He has a paragraph about that in this book, mentions that the way mathematics is taught in school today is equivalent to teaching literature mathematidian by analyzing and focusing on punctuation. I have to read more I love mathematics. What’s fascinating is that each chapter could be exploded not into just into an entire book, but volumes of books. This is the integer to which the above expression refers.


Paulos is mathe,atician 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. Sometimes this introduces a fascinating extra dimension, as when the author muses on the extraordinary idea of creating a social graph with a billion people on it. I also felt the book, like aolen news stories, never went deep into the math behind the news stories, preferring instead a shallow smattering of stories.

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A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

The book is about pages but has over 50 chapters. Be the first to ask a question about A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper.

A biochemist couldn’t quite make it through this book, but close enough Jul 25, Martin added it. Had he dropped a This book, as I probably should have realized, is largely comprised of Paulos’s vague musings. The best part is that you don’t need any scientific training to appreciate it. I thought it would be a fun and accessible look at how statistics are misused in the media. When you divide these events to the amount of people in the world, it is almost impossible for these events to truly effect you.

My only gripe is that, at times, he makes the typical mathematician’s error of using a heavily oversimplified A good book. Este libro ayuda un poco a entrenar esa habilidad. Post any proof if feasible. It is an interesting take on a mathematician reading a newspaper. Group A is told the car rolled down and hit a fire hydrant.


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. Paperbackpages.

When he spends more than pages on a topic, it gets insightful, but he does that far too seldom. 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.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

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. Sep 08, Brian Sison rated it liked it Shelves: For example, if you go up against a tennis player with whom you win 40 percent of your points, your chances of winning a match are only a paltry.

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