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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.
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 20 days ago by Vinicius Bocchi Flório
Well written book, easily accessible and quite thought provoking. Am reading as a parent - I think I will make my teenagers read it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Moink
Math was my best subject in college, and among my favorites, especially proof courses.
But the author has no idea of how to make a point, or of which points may be... Read more
I read this book when it was first published. With the seeming rise of more anti-science/anti-technology thought it is even more necessary for those of us who believe in STEM... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Older and maybe wiser
My first copy of this book came to me many years ago second hand, and fundamentally changed the way I view the world. Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. P. Wilson
Loved his writing style. Breezy and entertaining, though all about a dreaded subject (for me)... math! Read morePublished 4 months ago by emrm
An important subject commonly overlooked. Society would be much improved with more numerary! I would strongly recommend this to dispel many myths.Published 5 months ago by Arthur I Mears
Interesting book of "little facts." It is not written as a narrative, however, more like a collection of paragraphs which does not make for very easy reading. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Silivina Stamati
I bought this book after it was referenced in the very well-written The Panic Virus (Seth Mnookin), which I'd highly recommend. Read morePublished 8 months ago by gergelyk