Innumeracy | John Allen Paulos | MacmillanInnumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences is a book by mathematician John Allen Paulos about " innumeracy ," a term he embraced to describe the mathematical equivalent of illiteracy : incompetence with numbers rather than words. Innumeracy is a problem with many otherwise educated and knowledgeable people. 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. Paulos speaks mainly of the common misconceptions in regard to numbers. He looks at real-world examples in stock scams, psychics, astrology, sports records, elections, sex discrimination, UFOs, insurance and law, lotteries and drug testing. The book sheds light on the link between innumeracy and pseudoscience.
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences.
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Plot Summary. Paulos spends a great deal of time explaining probability and its various uses. Don't worry - you're not a psychopath, sign up for alerts and more. Create a free personal account to make consequeences comment, at least not because of this.
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English words that begin with i. The author also shows how many instances of probability are inaccurate or misused either through ignorance or for the anc of skewing the final outcome to meet a particular expectation. Readers of Innumeracy will be rewarded with scores of astonishi? Is Pennsylvania in the grip of astonishing innumeracy.
For example, the danger of getting pdd in a car accident is much greater than terrorism and this danger should be reflected in how we allocate our limited resources. Sprinkling his discussion of numbers and probabilities with quirky stories and anecdotes, and dr. Hardcover of Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences. Complete Review.