A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. John Allen Paulos. pages. Basic Books. $ Hardcover. John Allen Paulos, who sprang to fame with In-. With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made Innumeracy a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the pages of the daily . A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. John Allen Paulos, Author Basic Books $18 (p) ISBN Tweet. More By and About This Author.

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When you divide these events to the amount of people in the world, it is almost impossible for these events to truly effect you. Dec 28, Julia rated it liked it. Also refreshing to see explanation of common cognitive biases. Aug 29, Joseph Carrabis rated it it was amazing.

Nov 08, Sarah Delacueva rated it it was ok. Each chapter are his thoughts after reading particular articles in the newspaper and introduce various mathematical theories and statistical concepts that would add some much-needed info to the articles.

No trivia or quizzes yet. What’s fascinating is that each chapter could be exploded not into just into an entire book, but volumes of books. People are fixated on numbers like 10, is why people so often feads a top 10 list. Few of the concepts were new to me, but the presentation is entertaining and some of those concepts are explained better aa I have seen.

For example, the Central Limit Theorem: Arranged as newspaper content, with politics and current topics first, followed by local news, lifestyles, science, and sports, he writes short “articles” with composite made up headlines to draw you in; not any different than any newspaper. I thought it would be a fun and accessible look at how statistics are misused in the media.

His overall point is that we, as readers, should “Always be smart; seldom be certain. If there are 24 nwespaper in a day, that is million people humping in a day.


May 30, Anthony Faber rated it liked it. Este libro ayuda un poco a entrenar esa habilidad.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

There are plenty of good nuggets here, but the lazy format just doesn’t hold up too many sections of “Hey, here’s an idea that I find moderately interesting, but I’m not going to bother digging into it.

If there are positive integers that satisfy a given property, then there is a smallest positive integer that satisfies that property; therefore, there is a smallest positive integer satisfying the property “not definable in under eleven words”.

Perhaps the polite thing would be to say, just read his newspape book instead. Aug 12, Geads Hetfield rated it really liked it. Published September 26th by Anchor first published April 6th Mar 26, Alex Hasha rated it liked it Shelves: When the liar says, “I’m lying.

A lot of it is interesting although there’s disappointingly few analysis of mathwmatician political stories. I really enjoyed this work. Be the first to ask a question about A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. Paulos explains that ppl tend to assign more guilt to an agent, rather than blame fate, luck or chance, when the consequences are more severe. Interestingly, group A usually finds that the incident was an accident, while group B believes the driver should be held responsible.

People want information and facts quick, a top 10 brings closure quickly.

The best part is that you don’t need any scientific training to appreciate it. Reason I gave only three stars was the information became quite repetitive toward the end. But most of the time I found myself reminded that enlightened scepticism is not the same as self-important curmudgeonly grumpiness. These kind of arguments can come off as out of touch to practically minded people. His mathematicjan though, keeps your interest, although he runs way too short on some very interesting topics only four pages on baseball?

But then the author probably would not have sold as many books. Bh is an interesting take on a mathematician reading a newspaper.


My only complaint is that some of Paulos’ ideas just I enjoyed this book quite a bit, though not as much as I enjoyed Paulos’ earlier Innumeracy. Pauulos ask other readers questions about A Mathematician Reads the Newspaperplease sign up. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, though not as much as I enjoyed Paulos’ earlier Innumeracy.

It was published inbefore blogs, so it made him more money than simply blogging his thoughts now would. My only gripe is that, at times, he makes the typical mathematician’s error of using a heavily oversimplified A good book. Sep 08, Brian Sison rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 17, Justin rated it it was ok Shelves: Sometimes this introduces a fascinating extra dimension, as when the author muses paulls the extraordinary idea of creating a social graph with a billion people on it.

From the Senate, Jphn, and sex, to crime, celebrities, and cults, he takes stories that may not seem to involve mathematics at all and demonstrates how a lack of mathematical knowledge can hinder our understanding of them. A random person has a higher chance of killing himself than having any of the remaining 7 billion people killing him. Overall, a good reminder that the news is, for the most thhe, first readds entertainment, and then about disseminating information.

Group B is told that it hit and killed a pedestrian.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

However, his analysis of what goes wrong with statistics, numbers, relative risks and so on in news stories still applies in the age of the internet. Paulos estimates 12 million people are mathemstician every hour. Sep 22, Serkelion rated it really liked it. Aug 04, Jim Razinha rated it really liked it. Overall, though, a very worthwhile read.