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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 complaint is that some of Paulos’ ideas just I enjoyed this book quite a bit, though not as much as I enjoyed Paulos’ earlier Innumeracy. This book, as I probably should have realized, is largely comprised of Paulos’s vague musings. 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. It is an interesting take on a mathematician reading a newspaper.

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A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

It was OK, but not spectacular. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Return to Book Page. Covering a wide range of general examples, he brings home the concepts of probability, game mathematjcian voting, poltical territorychaos economic forecasting, epidemics, marketsnon-linearity, logic, and the complexity horizon.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A mathematician reads the newspaper. Books by John Allen Paulos. If you want to know whether any statement X is true or false, and your interlocutor is either a truth teller or a liar, ask him if The two statements — you are a truth teller and statement X — are both true.

There was too much wordiness and not enough math. The author loves the newspaper but is also critical of journalists and publishers. Answers on a postcard please.


This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. 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. He turns phrases lalen and explains not-so-obvious mathematical phenomena very clearly. A nice collection of short musings by an expert on how not to be misled by popular thhe sources. Be the first to ask a question about A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper.

Paulos is a witty johnn and makes excellent points in his analyses of newspapers focusing on the numbers, statistics, ignorance and misrepresentations. 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.

Interestingly, group A usually finds that the incident was an accident, while group B believes the driver should be held responsible. Paulos estimates 12 million people are banging every hour. The book is about pages but has over 50 chapters. Apr 02, Michael Norwitz rated mathemxtician really liked it.

I also taught them to expect that sometimes the answer would be “They don’t know”, or “They’re guessing”, or even thw 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?

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. 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.


People want information and facts quick, a top 10 brings closure quickly. He also brings out the finer points regarding interpretation and use of analytical tools: I’d love to see him release an updated version of this book for the age of online media. 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.

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. I read a small exerpt from this book in a statistics class once and found it enjoyable.

Nov 08, Sarah Delacueva rated it it was ok.

In reality, this seems to be merely an attempt to capitalize on the success of that earlier work. Reason I gave only three stars was the information became quite repetitive toward the end.

Eg is the number between x and y?

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

He mentions Chaos Theory a couple of times, which yet again tantalizes me to find a good book on the subject. Have been lalen my head too long for this. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. So, each chapter reads sort of like a blog entry.