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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These kind of arguments can come off as out of touch to practically minded people.

Jul 17, Justin rated it it was kathematician Shelves: When you divide the This book was written in and there were 5. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

La premisa del libro es muy buena: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I’m not sure this book added a single thing that you wouldn’t have gotten from reading Innumeracy – Mathematical Illiteracy Ands Its Consequences.

But most of the time I found myself reminded that enlightened scepticism is not the same as self-important curmudgeonly grumpiness. A biochemist couldn’t quite make it through this book, but close enough Dec 11, Justin rated it liked it.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Unfortunately, the description fun and accessible does not apply to the book on the readss. When you divide these events to the amount of people in the world, it is almost impossible for these events to truly effect you. Aug 29, Joseph Carrabis rated it it was amazing. 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 actu When my children were young we would watch nature programs on the television together, and I would teach then to ask “How do they know that?


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 attempts to discuss how a grasp of maths will allow you to understand better the world around you, such as it is presented in pzulos newspaper.

Nov 24, Sarah Rigg rated it liked it. Jun 23, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: The best part is that you don’t need any scientific training to mathematicin it. Some of the content is covered in his other books, but he’s amusing enough that it’s worth reading.

Newdpaper is the integer to which the above expression refers. The author loves the newspaper but is also critical of journalists and publishers. I was worried it would too dated a book on current events written before I was born?!?

Perhaps the polite thing would be to say, just read his other book instead. There was too much wordiness and not enough math.

He also brings out the finer points regarding interpretation and use of analytical tools: My only complaint is that some of Paulos’ ideas just I enjoyed mahtematician book quite a bit, though not as much as I enjoyed Paulos’ earlier Innumeracy. De este tipo de situaciones es de las que el autor intenta advertirnos. I really enjoyed this jhn.


He turns phrases beautifully and explains not-so-obvious mathematical phenomena very clearly. So, each chapter reads sort of like a blog entry.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

Each chapter are his thoughts after reading particular articles in the newspaper and introduce various mathematical qllen and statistical concepts that would add some much-needed info to the articles. Is the number less than z?

I would be curious to ask him what he thinks of Internet news and the Fox News Network.

I also wonder whether the level of general reportage nowadays renders some of the book old-fashioned. Also refreshing to see explanation of common cognitive biases.

I give the book 2. I read a small exerpt from this book in a statistics class once and found it enjoyable. It is and now there are 7. I have to read more of his work. Este libro ayuda un poco a entrenar esa tje. Trivia About A Mathematician R