Nicolas Ward's Reviews > Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception

Proofiness by Charles Seife
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Apr 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: math, non-fiction, politics
Read in February, 2011

Another book read in iBooks, mostly on the T last month. Brief but interesting. I hope that the author's blatant liberal bias doesn't distract from the mathematical examples he provides (and similarly, that he didn't engage in some selection bias himself in choosing those examples). I had a general idea of the sorts of fallacies he describes, but it's nice to learn the technical terminology and get some clear examples. Hopefully it will help me avoid making these errors in the future while simultaneously getting better at detecting them, especially in news articles.

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