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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A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper
I would be curious Paulos is a witty mathematician and makes excellent points in his analyses of newspapers focusing on the numbers, statistics, ignorance and misrepresentations. This mathfmatician was cool, because the author went through 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.
This is a paradox: 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. I would be curious to ask him what he thinks of Internet news and the Fox News Network.
Dec 28, Julia rated it liked it. I also taught them to expect that sometimes the answer would be “They don’t know”, or “They’re guessing”, or even “That’s what they want you to think, but it isn’t actually true”.
Paulos estimates 12 million people are banging every hour. This book satisfies all those interests. Paulos allem and dissects the use and misuse of mathematics in newspaper stories.
People are fixated on numbers like 10, is why people so often use a top 10 list. I also felt the book, like many news stories, never went deep into the math behind the news stories, preferring instead a shallow smattering of stories. Jul 17, Justin rated it it was ok Shelves: The best part is that you don’t need any scientific training to appreciate it.
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A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos
I have to read more I love mathematics. The book is somehow timeless, it is as useful and observant now as it was when written. When my children were young we would watch nature programs on the television pau,os, and I would teach then to ask “How do they know that? From the Senate, SATs, 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.
From the 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 newspapfr every day.
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.
There was too much wordiness and not enough math. The author loves the newspaper but is also critical of journalists and publishers. It was OK, mathemtaician not spectacular.
Jul 07, Dave rreads it really liked it. 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.
It was published inbefore blogs, so it made him more money than simply blogging his thoughts now would. Dec 11, Justin rated it liked it.
Sep 08, Brian Sison rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 12, Justin Tapp rated it it was ok Shelves: I’m not sure this book added a single thing that you wouldn’t have gotten from reading Innumeracy – Mathematical Illiteracy Ands Its Consequences.
In reality, this seems to be merely an attempt to capitalize on the success of that earlier work. 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.
Two groups of ppl are told a story about a person who parked his car on a hill. I should have liked “A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper” more than I did, because it shares the same spirit of enlightened scepticism that I hoped to pass onto my children.
Paulos is funny and offers a treasure trove of examples from the contemporary news the mids when he was writing that have “a legitimate mathematical component” as he puts it. Some of the content s covered in his other books, but he’s amusing enough that it’s worth reading. Ma alcuni esempi sono molto azzeccati e alcuni concetti davvero illuminanti. When the liar says, “I’m lying. He has a paragraph about that in this book, mentions that the way mathematics is taught in school today is equivalent to alllen literature solely by analyzing and focusing on punctuation.
A fabulous read – highly recommended I have to say I really enjoy John Allen Paulo’s style of writing. Every story, or almost every story, in a newspaper has mathematical angle to it and the author brings that point to life on topics as varied as economy to those numerous – Top 10 lists.