# Innumeracy

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Author |
: John Allen Paulos |

Publisher |
: Macmillan + ORM |

Total Pages |
: 167 |

Release |
: 2011-04-01 |

ISBN-10 |
: 9781429934381 |

ISBN-13 |
: 1429934387 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (81 Downloads) |

**Synopsis Innumeracy by : John Allen Paulos**

Readers of Innumeracy will be rewarded with scores of astonishing facts, a fistful of powerful ideas, and, most important, a clearer, more quantitative way of looking at their world. Why do even well-educated people understand so little about mathematics? And what are the costs of our innumeracy? John Allen Paulos, in his celebrated bestseller first published in 1988, argues that our inability to deal rationally with very large numbers and the probabilities associated with them results in misinformed governmental policies, confused personal decisions, and an increased susceptibility to pseudoscience of all kinds. Innumeracy lets us know what we're missing, and how we can do something about it. Sprinkling his discussion of numbers and probabilities with quirky stories and anecdotes, Paulos ranges freely over many aspects of modern life, from contested elections to sports stats, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims, sex discrimination, insurance, lotteries, and drug testing.

Author |
: Ellen Peters |

Publisher |
: Oxford University Press |

Total Pages |
: 200 |

Release |
: 2020-04-29 |

ISBN-10 |
: 9780190861117 |

ISBN-13 |
: 0190861118 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (17 Downloads) |

**Synopsis Innumeracy in the Wild by : Ellen Peters**

Our grasp of numbers and uncertainty is one of humankind's most distinctive and important traits. It is pivotal to our exceptional ability to control the world around us as we make short-term choices and forecast far into the future. But very smart people can struggle with numbers in ways that pose negative consequences for their decision making. Numeric ability equips individuals with vital tools that allow them to take charge of various aspects of their life. The more numerate enjoy superior health, wealth, and employment outcomes, while the innumerate remain more vulnerable. This book presents the logic, rules, and habits that highly numerate people use in decision making. Innumeracy in the Wild also introduces two additional ways of knowing numbers that complement and compensate for lower numeric ability and explores how numeric abilities develop and where mistakes are made. It offers a state-of-the-art review of the now sizeable body of psychological and applied findings that demonstrate the critical importance of numeracy in our world. With more than two decades of experience in the decision sciences, Ellen Peters demonstrates how intervention can foster adult numeric capacity, propel people to use numeric facts in decision making, and empower those with lower numeracy to reason better.

Author |
: John Allen Paulos |

Publisher |
: Vintage |

Total Pages |
: 306 |

Release |
: 2013-05-29 |

ISBN-10 |
: 9780307833334 |

ISBN-13 |
: 030783333X |

Rating |
: 4/5 (34 Downloads) |

**Synopsis Beyond Numeracy by : John Allen Paulos**

From the author of the national bestseller Innumeracy, a delightful exploration and explanation of mathematical concepts from algebra to zero in easily accessible alphabetical entries. "Paulos . . . does for mathematics what The Joy of Sex did for the boudoir. . . ."--Washington Post Book World. First time in paperback.

Author |
: John Allen Paulos |

Publisher |
: Basic Books |

Total Pages |
: 197 |

Release |
: 2013-09-10 |

ISBN-10 |
: 9780465050673 |

ISBN-13 |
: 0465050670 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (73 Downloads) |

**Synopsis A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by : John Allen Paulos**

John Allen Paulos is a master at shedding mathematical lights on our everyday world:What exactly did Lani Guinier say about quotas?What is the probability of identifying a murderer through DNA testing?Which are the real risks to our health and which the phony ones?Employing the same fun-filled, user-friendly, and quirkily insightful approach that put Innumeracy on best-seller lists, Paulos now leads us through the pages of the daily newspaper, revealing the hidden mathematical angles of countless articles. From the Senate, the SATs, and sex to crime, celebrities, and cults, Paulos takes stories that may not seem to involve mathematics at all and demonstrates how mathematical naïtéan put readers at a distinct disadvantage.Whether he's using chaos theory to puncture economic and environmental predictions, applying logic and self-reference to clarify the hazards of spin doctoring and news compression, or employing arithmetic and common sense to give us a novel perspective on greed and relationships, Paulos never fails to entertain and enlighten.Even if you hated math in school, you'll love the numerical vignettes in this book.

Author |
: John Allen Paulos |

Publisher |
: University of Chicago Press |

Total Pages |
: 126 |

Release |
: 2008-08-04 |

ISBN-10 |
: 9780226650234 |

ISBN-13 |
: 0226650235 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (34 Downloads) |

**Synopsis Mathematics and Humor by : John Allen Paulos**

John Allen Paulos cleverly scrutinizes the mathematical structures of jokes, puns, paradoxes, spoonerisms, riddles, and other forms of humor, drawing examples from such sources as Rabelais, Shakespeare, James Beattie, René Thom, Lewis Carroll, Arthur Koestler, W. C. Fields, and Woody Allen. "Jokes, paradoxes, riddles, and the art of non-sequitur are revealed with great perception and insight in this illuminating account of the relationship between humor and mathematics."—Joseph Williams, New York Times "'Leave your mind alone,' said a Thurber cartoon, and a really complete and convincing analysis of what humour is might spoil all jokes forever. This book avoids that danger. What it does. . .is describe broadly several kinds of mathematical theory and apply them to throw sidelights on how many kinds of jokes work."—New Scientist "Many scholars nowadays write seriously about the ludicrous. Some merely manage to be dull. A few—like Paulos—are brilliant in an odd endeavor."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

Author |
: John Allen Paulos |

Publisher |
: Macmillan |

Total Pages |
: 180 |

Release |
: 2009-06-09 |

ISBN-10 |
: 0809059185 |

ISBN-13 |
: 9780809059188 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (85 Downloads) |

**Synopsis Irreligion by : John Allen Paulos**

Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Mathematician and bestselling author Paulos thinks not. In "Irreligion" he presents the case for his own worldview, organizing his book into 12 chapters that refute the 12 arguments most often put forward for believing in Gods existence.

Author |
: John Allen Paulos |

Publisher |
: Basic Books |

Total Pages |
: 227 |

Release |
: 2007-10-11 |

ISBN-10 |
: 9780465009701 |

ISBN-13 |
: 0465009700 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (01 Downloads) |

**Synopsis A Mathematician Plays The Stock Market by : John Allen Paulos**

Can a renowned mathematician successfully outwit the stock market? Not when his biggest investment is WorldCom. In A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market , best-selling author John Allen Paulos employs his trademark stories, vignettes, paradoxes, and puzzles to address every thinking reader's curiosity about the market -- Is it efficient? Is it random? Is there anything to technical analysis, fundamental analysis, and other supposedly time-tested methods of picking stocks? How can one quantify risk? What are the most common scams? Are there any approaches to investing that truly outperform the major indexes? But Paulos's tour through the irrational exuberance of market mathematics doesn't end there. An unrequited (and financially disastrous) love affair with WorldCom leads Paulos to question some cherished ideas of personal finance. He explains why "data mining" is a self-fulfilling belief, why "momentum investing" is nothing more than herd behavior with a lot of mathematical jargon added, why the ever-popular Elliot Wave Theory cannot be correct, and why you should take Warren Buffet's "fundamental analysis" with a grain of salt. Like Burton Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street , this clever and illuminating book is for anyone, investor or not, who follows the markets -- or knows someone who does.

Author |
: Ellen Peters |

Publisher |
: Oxford University Press, USA |

Total Pages |
: 315 |

Release |
: 2020 |

ISBN-10 |
: 9780190861094 |

ISBN-13 |
: 0190861096 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (94 Downloads) |

**Synopsis Innumeracy in the Wild by : Ellen Peters**

"Innumeracy in the Wild explains how numeric ability supports the quality of the decisions we make and, ultimately, the life outcomes we experience. It dissects three ways that people can be good or bad with numbers and how each of these numeric competencies matter to decision making. Furthermore, it delves into how we can use this knowledge to improve decision making. Understanding the roles of numeric ability (often called numeracy) is particularly important today due to widespread innumeracy. In addition, policies in health and financial domains have shifted towards giving consumers and patients more information (which is often numeric). These changes are intended to empower individuals to take charge of their own welfare. The evidence is clear, however, that not everybody is prepared to use this information effectively and that those who are less numerate tend to make worse decisions unless provided adequate support. The book discusses four main points: the complex and systematic psychological mechanisms that underlie objective numeracy's effects in judgment and decision making; the importance of numeracy to experiencing positive life outcomes especially in health and finances; the decision-making support provided by two additional ways of knowing and using numbers; and the methods that exploit existing evidence and enable those who are less comfortable with numbers to use them more effectively and make better choices in our complex, often numeric world"--

Author |
: Kathleen Hall Jamieson |

Publisher |
: Oxford University Press |

Total Pages |
: 513 |

Release |
: 2017 |

ISBN-10 |
: 9780190497620 |

ISBN-13 |
: 0190497629 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (20 Downloads) |

**Synopsis The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication by : Kathleen Hall Jamieson**

On topics from genetic engineering and mad cow disease to vaccination and climate change, this Handbook draws on the insights of 57 leading science of science communication scholars who explore what social scientists know about how citizens come to understand and act on what is known by science.

Author |
: James J. Tattersall |

Publisher |
: Cambridge University Press |

Total Pages |
: 420 |

Release |
: 1999-10-14 |

ISBN-10 |
: 0521585317 |

ISBN-13 |
: 9780521585316 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (17 Downloads) |

**Synopsis Elementary Number Theory in Nine Chapters by : James J. Tattersall**

This book is intended to serve as a one-semester introductory course in number theory. Throughout the book a historical perspective has been adopted and emphasis is given to some of the subject's applied aspects; in particular the field of cryptography is highlighted. At the heart of the book are the major number theoretic accomplishments of Euclid, Fermat, Gauss, Legendre, and Euler, and to fully illustrate the properties of numbers and concepts developed in the text, a wealth of exercises have been included. It is assumed that the reader will have 'pencil in hand' and ready access to a calculator or computer. For students new to number theory, whatever their background, this is a stimulating and entertaining introduction to the subject.