# Innumeracy Mathematical Illiteracy And Its Consequences

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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 |
: 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 |
: Ivar Ekeland |

Publisher |
: University of Chicago Press |

Total Pages |
: 160 |

Release |
: 1990-01-15 |

ISBN-10 |
: 9780226199900 |

ISBN-13 |
: 0226199908 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (00 Downloads) |

**Synopsis Mathematics and the Unexpected by : Ivar Ekeland**

"Not the least unexpected thing about Mathematics and the Unexpected is that a real mathematician should write not just a literate work, but a literary one."—Ian Stewart, New Scientist "In this brief, elegant treatise, assessable to anyone who likes to think, Ivar Ekelund explains some philosophical implications of recent mathematics. He examines randomness, the geometry involved in making predictions, and why general trends are easy to project (it will snow in January) but particulars are practically impossible (it will snow from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the 21st)."—Village Voice

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 |
: John Allen Paulos |

Publisher |
: |

Total Pages |
: 178 |

Release |
: 2001 |

ISBN-10 |
: 0140295488 |

ISBN-13 |
: 9780140295481 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (88 Downloads) |

**Synopsis I Think, Therefore I Laugh by : John Allen Paulos**

Inspired by Wittgenstein's quip that a book on philosophy might consist entirely of jokes I Think, Therefore I Laugh explores topics such as misunderstandings of mathematics and science and of the relation between them, pseudo-science and its appeal, the uses and misuses of probability and statistics, humour and higher order endeavours and the interplay between narrative and numbers. This is a new edition of John Allen Paulos' second of six books and fans will recognise themes he later went on to pursue in other words.

Author |
: John Allen Paulos |

Publisher |
: Prometheus Books |

Total Pages |
: 208 |

Release |
: 2015-11-10 |

ISBN-10 |
: 9781633881198 |

ISBN-13 |
: 1633881199 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (98 Downloads) |

**Synopsis A Numerate Life by : John Allen Paulos**

Employing intuitive ideas from mathematics, this quirky "meta-memoir" raises questions about our lives that most of us don't think to ask, but arguably should: What part of memory is reliable fact, what part creative embellishment? Which favorite presuppositions are unfounded, which statistically biased? By conjoining two opposing mindsets--the suspension of disbelief required in storytelling and the skepticism inherent in the scientific method--bestselling mathematician John Allen Paulos has created an unusual hybrid, a composite of personal memories and mathematical approaches to re-evaluating them. Entertaining vignettes from Paulos's biography abound--ranging from a bullying math teacher and a fabulous collection of baseball cards to romantic crushes, a grandmother’s petty larceny, and his quite unintended role in getting George Bush elected president in 2000. These vignettes serve as springboards to many telling perspectives: simple arithmetic puts life-long habits in a dubious new light; higher dimensional geometry helps us see that we're all rather peculiar; nonlinear dynamics explains the narcissism of small differences cascading into very different siblings; logarithms and exponentials yield insight on why we tend to become bored and jaded as we age; and there are tricks and jokes, probability and coincidences, and much more. For fans of Paulos or newcomers to his work, this witty commentary on his life--and yours--is fascinating reading.

Author |
: Kit Yates |

Publisher |
: Simon and Schuster |

Total Pages |
: 288 |

Release |
: 2021-04-27 |

ISBN-10 |
: 9781982111885 |

ISBN-13 |
: 1982111887 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (85 Downloads) |

**Synopsis The Math of Life and Death by : Kit Yates**

"Few of us really appreciate the full power of math--the extent to which its influence is not only in every office and every home, but also in every courtroom and hospital ward. In this ... book, Kit Yates explores the true stories of life-changing events in which the application--or misapplication--of mathematics has played a critical role: patients crippled by faulty genes and entrepreneurs bankrupted by faulty algorithms; innocent victims of miscarriages of justice; and the unwitting victims of software glitches"--Publisher marketing.

Author |
: Deborah Loewenberg |

Publisher |
: Rand Corporation |

Total Pages |
: 123 |

Release |
: 2003-04-15 |

ISBN-10 |
: 9780833034113 |

ISBN-13 |
: 0833034111 |

Rating |
: 4/5 (13 Downloads) |

**Synopsis Mathematical Proficiency for All Students: Toward a Strategic Research and Development Program in Mathematics Education by : Deborah Loewenberg**

A clear need exists for substantial improvement in mathematics proficiency in U.S. schools. The RAND Mathematics Study Panel was convened to inform the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement on ways to improve the quality and usability of education research and development (R&D). The panel identified three areas for focused R&D: development of teachers' mathematical knowledge used in teaching; teaching and learning of skills needed for mathematical thinking and problem-solving; and teaching and learning of algebra from kindergarten through the 12th grade.