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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My only gripe is that, at times, he makes the typical mathematician’s error of using a heavily oversimplified model to dissect an event that was actually much more complicated, then acting like people who didn’t see it that way are innumerate. In reality, this seems to be merely an attempt to capitalize on the success of that earlier work. A nice collection of short musings by an expert on how not to be misled by popular news sources.

Overall, though, a very worthwhile read. To view it, click here. Question is, how the fuck does he estimate the amount of Fuck? Some of the content is covered in his other books, but he’s amusing enough that it’s worth reading. People want information and facts quick, a top 10 brings closure quickly. This book satisfies all those interests. Some passages, such as the discussion of voting systems and how they can produce very different election outcomes, were informative, insightful, nwwspaper challenging.


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

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

The author proves to the reader that math is not about numbers but about thinking and logic. It was OK, but not spectacular. About John Allen Paulos.

But most of the time I found myself reminded that enlightened scepticism is not the same as self-important curmudgeonly grumpiness. Este libro ayuda un poco a entrenar esa habilidad. This book was interesting and fun to read.

De este tipo de situaciones es de las que el autor intenta advertirnos. Especially liked the sections about gerrymandering, and tax rates. Dec 11, Justin rated it liked it.

I have to read more I love mathematics. Had he dropped a This book, as I probably should have realized, is largely comprised of Paulos’s vague musings. Have been cracking my head too long for this. He had faith then that a newspaper was of more value than a television newscast, but that pre-dated the tabloid TV of Murdoch’s empire and the deceptive pseudo-statistics they use, so I’m sure he’s even more convinced of his original premise.

This book, as I probably should have realized, is largely comprised of Paulos’s vague musings. 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.


Aug 29, Joseph Carrabis rated it it was amazing. Is is 75 pages apulos meat with pages of filler. This book was written in and there were 5. Nov 24, Sarah Rigg rated it liked it.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

Sep 22, Serkelion rated it really liked it. The above expression is only ten words long, so this integer is defined by an expression that is under eleven words long; it is definable in under eleven words, and is not the smallest positive alln not definable in under eleven words, and is not defined by this expression. Paulos estimates 12 million people are banging every hour. Covering a wide range of newspper examples, he brings home the concepts of probability, game theory voting, poltical territorychaos economic forecasting, epidemics, marketsnon-linearity, logic, and the complexity horizon.

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I enjoyed this book quite a bit, though not as much as I enjoyed Paulos’ earlier Innumeracy. Published inthe topics and references are dated, but the message is not.

Answers on a postcard please. An easy recommendation to make.