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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Some of the content is covered in his other books, but he’s amusing enough that it’s worth reading. Return to Book Page. Perhaps the polite thing would be to say, just read his other book instead. Overall, a good reminder that the news is, for the most part, first about entertainment, and then about disseminating info Applies basic mathematics to provide insights into the biases and misleading material in newspapers.

I’d love to see him release an updated version of this book for the age of online media.

L’informazione rischia a vo Molto interessante. No trivia or quizzes yet. About John Allen Paulos. A nice collection of short musings by an expert on how not to be misled by popular news sources. So, each chapter reads sort of like a blog entry. Instead, this is a very cursory touch on various slightly math-related political and economic concerns. Is it fair to discount the message of a book because you suspect that you don’t like the author? When you nnewspaper the This book was written in and there tne 5.

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A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

Oct 10, Emma Clement rated it it was ok. Group A is told the car rolled down and hit a fire hydrant. 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. Also refreshing to see explanation of common cognitive biases. Aug 12, Moses Hetfield rated it really liked it. Some passages, such as the discussion of voting systems ojhn how they can produce very different election outcomes, were informative, insightful, and challenging.


But most of the time I found myself reminded that enlightened scepticism is not the same as self-important curmudgeonly grumpiness. 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.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Jan 12, Justin Tapp rated it it was ok Shelves: Paperbackpages. The author loves the newspaper but is also critical of journalists and thf. If the answer is yes, the statement is true, and vice versa. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

This book was joun, because the author went readds all the sections of the newspaper starting with the politics which he claims does not really tell you shit about truth upon headlines to get you to buy the paper ending his explanations with sports and entertainment. I’m a bit chary of criticizing a guy who wrote a book as useful as Innumeracy – Mathematical Illiteracy Ands Its Consequences.

The author proves to the reader that math is not about numbers but about thinking and logic. Have been cracking my head too long for this. Este libro ayuda un poco a entrenar esa habilidad. My only complaint is that some of Paulos’ ideas just aren’t fleshed out, and he sometimes notes this himself in the text, which leads me to wonder why he or his editor didn’t just nix those segments. mathematicuan

Published inthe topics and references are dated, but the message is not. An easy recommendation to make. These kind of arguments can come off as out of touch to practically minded people.

Trivia About A Mathematician R Aug 29, Joseph Carrabis rated it it was amazing. Nov 08, Sarah Delacueva rated it it was ok.


Pauols 11, Justin rated it liked it. Some of his points are more insightful than others, but he does provide many cool examples of ways to apply mathematics to the way we read newspapers. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, though not as much as I enjoyed Paulos’ earlier Innumeracy. Two groups of ppl are told a story about a person who parked his car on a hill.

To ask other readers questions about A Mathematician Reads the Newspaperplease sign up. A random person has a higher chance of killing himself than having any of the remaining 7 billion people killing him. It makes me wonder if his actual bestseller Innumeracy is more what I’d have in mind, mathemxtician just more wandering From mtahematician Senate, SATs, and sex, to crime, celebrities, and cults, he takes stories that may not seem to involve mathematic With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made Innumeracy a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the pages of the daily newspaper showing how math and numbers are a key element in many of the articles we read every day.

What’s the mass of the potatoes now? I read hhe small exerpt from this book in a statistics class once and found it enjoyable.

This book can be viewed as a follow up to his earlier book “Innumeracy” that furthers his case that the publics inability to grapple basic mathematical arguments has substantial social consequences.

He has a paragraph about that in this book, mentions that the way mathematics is taught in school today is equivalent to teaching literature solely by analyzing and focusing on punctuation. Sep 08, Brian Sison rated it liked it Shelves: