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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He also brings out the finer points regarding interpretation and use of analytical tools: 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.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Sep 22, Serkelion rated it really liked it. mathematiclan

I read a small exerpt from this book in a statistics class once and found it enjoyable. No trivia or quizzes yet. This book is not pauos featured on Listopia.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

This was written in the mids and the media landscape has changed SO much that some passages of this book read as rather quaint and obsolete. It makes me wonder if his actual bestseller Innumeracy is more what I’d have in mind, or just more wandering Each chapter are his thoughts after reading particular articles in the newspaper and introduce various mathematical theories and statistical concepts that would add some much-needed info to the articles.

Aug 29, Joseph Carrabis rated it it was amazing. Dec 11, Justin rated it liked it.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

Open Preview See a Problem? Este libro ayuda un poco a entrenar esa habilidad. So, each chapter reads sort of like a blog entry. 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. Published inthe topics and references are dated, but the message is not.


When he spends more than pages on a topic, it gets insightful, but he does that far too seldom.

Oct 10, Emma Clement rated it it was ok. I also love facts, and separating those from fiction, and clarity, and healthy skeptical thinking, and a vigorous dose of humor. This is a paradox: When the liar says, “I’m lying.

Aug 12, Moses Hetfield rated it really liked it. His wry observations and insights are wonderful to behold on paper. A mathematician reads the newspaper. He turns phrases beautifully and explains not-so-obvious mathematical phenomena very clearly. The book is somehow timeless, it is as useful and observant now as it was when written. 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.

I loved Innumeracy and liked Beyond Numeracyso I had high hopes for this book. An easy recommendation to make.

Two groups of ppl are told a story about a person who parked his car on a hill. Books by John Allen Paulos. 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. I mathematciian to read more I love mathematics.

Had he dropped a few of al,en sections “No one can forecast fashion! On the other hand of true rarity, he goes into the smushing statistic. 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. Applies basic mathematics to provide newapaper into the biases and misleading material in newspapers. It was published inbefore blogs, so it made him more money than simply blogging his thoughts now would.

People are fixated on numbers like 10, is why people so often use a top 10 list. Sep 08, Brian Sison rated it liked it Shelves: 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 mathemafician “How do they know that? 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.


Quotes from A Mathematician R About John Allen Paulos. 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.

But then the author probably would not have sold as many books. To view it, click here. Trivia About A Mathematician R Many sections of involved math well beyond my level of undestanding and others just seemed poorly organized to the point that I had no idea what point the author was making at any given time. What’s the mass of the potatoes now? 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.

Reason I gave only three stars was the information became quite repetitive toward the end. Is the number less rdads z? Paulos estimates 12 million people are banging every hour. Refresh and try again. Jul 17, Justin rated it it was ok Shelves: