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But that is not all that drives him. The difference between our pretensions and reality is absurd and humorous, and the numerate can see this better than those who don't speak math. "I think there's something of the divine in these feelings of our absurdity, and they should be cherished, not avoided."
Paulos is not entirely successful at balancing anger and absurdity, but he tries. His diatribes against astrology, bad math education, Freud, and willful ignorance are leavened with jokes, mathematical or the sort (he claims) favored by the numerate.
It remains to be seen if Innumeracy will indeed be able, as Hofstadter hoped, to "help launch a revolution in math education that would do for innumeracy what Sabin and Salk did for polio"--but many of the improvements Paulos suggested have come to pass within 10 years. Only time will tell if the generation raised on these new principles is more resistant to innumeracy--and need only worry about being incomputable. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One thing is for certain when you are done reading this book: you WILL look at the world you live in differently.
An excellent reference on statistics is a book by John Allen Paulos entitled "Innumeracy" about "mathematical illiteracy" and its consequences.
So, in short, the book ignite my interest again in mathematics...., it is a great book well written and enjoyable to read.
A must read for decision makers, who think they are making rational decision based on numbers. It would be a good read for high school student and anyone analyst or person getting... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Anders
Sex panther is the culmination of the innumeracy described herein. Very enjoyable and insightful, despite dated examples. I look forward to reading more from Paulos.Published 6 days ago by Robert Donato
Well written, thought-provoking exposition of the depressingly common fallacies and misconceptions which befall nearly everyone. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Bob
Great, easy, fun read. I read it years ago and wanted to give it as a little gift. I was glad to find it on Amazon.Published 1 month ago by Matthew Stenger
Paulos is upset, annoyed, even a bit angry about innumeracy --- "an inability to deal comfortably with the fundamental notions of number and chance" (p. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kthdimension
I was hoping for more wide ranging examples. I still enjoyed it tho.Published 2 months ago by Josephine M.
Never judge a book by its cover or, in this case, by its title. The author purports to explain numerical illiteracy ("innumeracy") and the consequences of it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The F7 Pawn
The author explains many topics that fool our intuition, mainly when it comes to probability. The bulk of the book is composed by examples illustrating these fallacies, and how... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vinicius Bocchi Flório