A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

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Basic Books, 10 sept. 2013 - 240 pages
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In this lively volume, mathematician John Allen Paulos employs his singular wit to guide us through an unlikely mathematical jungle—the pages of the daily newspaper. From the Senate and sex to celebrities and cults, Paulos takes stories that may not seem to involve math at all and demonstrates how mathematical naïveté can put readers at a distinct disadvantage. Whether he's using chaos theory to puncture economic and environmental predictions, applying logic 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.
 

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Avis d'utilisateur  - Razinha - LibraryThing

Paulos is a witty mathematician and makes excellent points in his analyses of newspapers focusing on the numbers, statistics, ignorance and misrepresentations. Arranged as newspaper content, with ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Avis d'utilisateur  - keylawk - LibraryThing

The author is a prolific writer and professional mathematician, who confesses to having an "unnatural attachment to newspapers". Introduction {2}. Structured in sections like a morning gazette, the ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Preface to the 2013 Paperback Edition
Benchmark Figures in War Crisis and the Economy
Section
FOOD BOOK REVIEWS SPORTS OBITUARIES
Incidence Matrices on the Society Pages
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John Allen Paulos is a professor of mathematics at Temple University. His books include the bestseller Innumeracy, A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market, and Irreligion. He lives in Philadelphia.

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