If you want to keep hold of your comfortable worldview, don't read Once Upon a Number. But you'll be missing out on an unforgettable reminder of what chance, coincidence, and odds really mean, along with several valuable life lessons that may help you understand lost socks, racism, and mistaken identity. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Paulos is indeed accurate, yet this is something that is not all that interesting.
This book is a great read for people with a more analytical brain, who like to think or see in the perspective of numbers, statistics, probability, etc.
The book takes a fast-paced, entertaining tour through these topics, and Paulos adds interesting personal anecdotes and bad (intentioanlly) jokes.
This book is a great read for people with a more analytical brain, who like to think or see in the perspective of numbers, statistics, probability, etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ali Upton
The author has a pompous, i know it all and have seen it all attitude that he carries throughout the entire book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A. Cook
One upon a number is a valuable resource that brings understanding to the proliferation of everyday common discourse, especially that which fuses narrative and statistics to give... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
I read this book as my book project for my maths class. It is a really thoughtful book. John Paulos uses a lot of details in different perspectives to explain some life issues. Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by shirley yuan
This book is not as engaging as his previous offerings "Innumeracy" and "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Charles Ashbacher
I've always marveled at the imagination of authors who write fiction. Having only really been good in Science and Mathematics in school, the literary world seemed incredible. Read morePublished on January 1, 2008 by Mathew Titus
I found this book disappointing. While some of the examples and anecdotes are interesting, and everything is very well written, I didn't really understand what the author's point... Read morePublished on April 24, 2002
The author deals in an original way with the difficult nexus between statistics and stories, between alpha- and betascience, without favouring one of them, and indeed arguing that... Read morePublished on February 11, 2002 by Freek Van de Velde
While Paulos undertakes a very ambitious and intriguing topic in this book, his efforts do not go far at all ... Read morePublished on October 20, 1999