by. John Allen Paulos. · Rating details · 3, ratings · reviews. Dozens of examples in innumeracy show us how it affects not only personal economics. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences. Front Cover. John Allen Paulos. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, – Mathematics – pages.

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The Power of Mathematical Thinking immediately before reading Innumeracy and there’s a fair amount of overlap between the two. Math graduates are immediately scooped up by financial institutions, engineering, accounting and other such careers and rarely ever education.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

How much weight should you put into getting back a positive reading on a test at the doctor’s office? I”m always amazed and depressed when I encounter students who have no idea what the innumercy of the United States is, or the approximate distance from coast to coast, or roughly what percentage of the world is Chinese.

Glenn Morgan check this link for a full description on why this is wrong and by how much https: Namely, how do you convince an audience of smart-but-non-finance folks that:. The author purports to explain numerical illiteracy “innumeracy” and the consequences of it. Feb 24, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: I believe I’m not being nit-picky to say that his poor control over logic is a deterrent to finishing his book about the poor state of logic in America.

He is trying to segue into other reasons for innumeracy, but fumbles, because to make the strongest logical statement, he should have said, “Still, it’s not the whole story, since there are many quite numerate people who have had such poor mathematical education. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.


Easy book to read that addresses mathematical illiteracy or “Inumeracy. Jan 11, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: That only applies to the ratio – the absolute difference between number of heads and number of tails is NOT guaranteed to approach zero.

Book Review: Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos

Paulos is right in his outrage: My other complaint is that some of his arguments innumerqcy poorly structured, but I am willing to forgive it because he is not really making any arguments that any reasonable person who would be reading the book would need to be air tight.

The notation is not nearly as arcane as many of the topics discussed in these media, and it”s considerably more useful than the abortive switch to the metric system about which so many boring articles were written. Individual decisions and broader policy decisions are far too often made on the basis of badly understood statistics, data, and mathematical principles.

It was educational, and I learned a good amount of information. Not to denigrate any person willing to be pualos educator but even they are being failed by the system that is teaching them. Not Bad Reviews blakerosser The maths are fun for those that can follow Paulos, but in his mad rush he covers a great deal of ground one imagines the innumerate might have some difficulty in keeping up.

Innumeracy – John Allen Paulos

There’s also some overlap with Thinking, Fast and Slow regarding cognitive blocks to thinking mathema Innumeracy is a great book for the era of Ebola panic even if it is quite dated. He then methodically recounts the money once, twice, three times.

There are a lot of innumerates out there. It’s another to have it My takeaway is to return to the fun parts of math that attracted me to the subject in the first place puzzles and gamesand an incentive to explain concepts to newcomers.


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He does propose a few solutions here and there, like getting more non-mathematicians jjohn about math and highlighting the warmth and passion of the subject to get rid of negative stereotypes An accessible, interesting read about the difficulty many people have truly understanding the difference between very large numbers. Innumeracy 6 28 May 13, Mar 16, blakeR rated it it was ok Shelves: If part of the book’s purpose is to raise the comfort level of the reader with certain concepts, then there are probably too many places where it throws in a formula too quickly, causing less numerate minds to glance away.

I take his point, as a largely innumerate person, but the book reads as very dated it is almost 30 years old now and his arrogant indignation at everyone who isn’t a mathematician is off-putting.

He mentions standard things like poor math education, psychological blocks like “math anxiety”, and popular misconceptions that math is just cold spiritless arithmetic. In the end though, it’s hard to say just who this book is for.

I must admit that Mr. Innumeracy is a great book for the era paulls Ebola panic even if it is quite dated. They are just examples to carry fairly obvious, unarguable points, so their relevance is more important than their quality.