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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.
“Our society would be unimaginably different if the average person truly understood the ideas in this marvelous and important book.” ―Douglas Hofstadter
“[An] elegant ... Survival Manual ... Brief, witty and full of practical applications.” ―Stefan Kanfer, Time
This is one of the driest books I have ever read, need to be overhauled. Theory than example; all of the stories have no start and end.Published 1 month ago by Theresa Olsen
I was disappointed in this book compared to others in the field (such as The Number Devil). The core idea of the book was commendable, but the execution was flawed, at least for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. K. McElveen
A challenging, but fun read. I really enjoy the author's use of math as a tool for debunking popular misconceptions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PoeticLicensedk
I absolutely love this book. I use it as a summer reading assignment for my AP Statistics course. It works as marketing for the course since it addresses many of the concepts that... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jane K. Viau
Innumeracy refers to mathematical incompetence. Given the frequency of misleading social media memes that simply don’t add up, I’d say the book is as relevant today as it was when... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andrew Everett
John Allen Paulos wrote this book with the intention of opening the eyes of the general, educated, public being affected by the various consequences innumeracy causes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kristy
It's a great book which shows many examples of gaps in our understanding
and intuitive feeling about numbers. Read more