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# Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom

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In the wrong hands, math can be deadly. Even the simplest numbers can become powerful forces when manipulated by politicians or the media, but in the case of the law, your libertyand your lifecan depend on the right calculation.

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*Math on Trial*, mathematicians Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez describe ten trials spanning from the nineteenth century to today, in which ...more## Get A Copy

Hardcover, 272 pages

Published
March 12th 2013
by Basic Books

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This may surprise some to note, but I was good with numbers in school, gaining an A* in both Statistics and Mathematics at GCSE level. That, however, is where ...more

NOTE: This review contains a trigger warning due to material I've decided to keep in order to make a point about introducing personal bias into statistical math, particularly when, as the book's tag line says, "when math becomes a matter of life and death, you better check your sums."

Now this is pretty obviously a book about math (well not quite, which should be evident even from its title to say the least of its cover design ...more

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The book lost its focus on maths towards the end but it was fascinating to see how mathematics had been used (or more accurately, misused) in criminal trials. The cases were interesting, some well known, others less so, and it was rather depressing to see how poorly the justice system works in many cases. Not a heavy read and no prior maths knowledge required.

A really fascinating book. Couldnt put it down.
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__Math On Trial__(from the library as is my habit) because it was mentioned in a couple of footnotes in University of Wisconsin-Madison mathematics professor Jordan Ellenberg's

__How Not To Be Wrong__which I had just finished reading. You won't find the title or the authors listed in his index however ... apparently footnotes aren't indexed.

Math on Trial scrutinizes 10 cases where statistics were misunderstood or misused in courts of law. A Cold Hit Analysis case had the prosecution's ...more

Muito boa a abordagem da autora com relação ao Caso Dreyfus, que enseja bastante polêmica, mas foi muito bem desenvolvido e trabalhado.

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