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# A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

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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. From the Senate, SATs, and sex, to crime, celebrities, and cults, he takes stories that may not seem to involve mathematic ...morePaperback, 224 pages

Published
September 26th 1997
by Anchor
(first published April 6th 1995)

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"Un matemático lee el periódico" es una crítica al tratamiento de la información en los periódicos. Pero una crítica que se aleja de las convenciones de esta clase de obras, más centradas en inquirir acerca de las relaciones de poder insertas en los diarios que en abordar otros asuntos. La obra de Paulos, por el contrario, deja a un lado esas cuestiones y ubica la discusión en el campo de batalla matemático, psicológico-cognitivo y filosófico con el fin de disolver las groseras meteduras de pata
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Es de interés general, aunque las personas más familiarizadas con las matemáticas pueden sacarle más provecho. Después de esta lectura se tiene más atención con la publicidad y sus métodos. Por ejemplo, en el empaque de la sal de Himalaya aparece ...more

I appreciate why it isn't especially math-y, but that limits some of his arguments. Had he dropped a ...more

*Innumeracy*. He turns phrases beautifully and explains not-so-obvious mathematical phenomena very clearly. (For example, if you go up against a tennis player with whom you win 40 percent of your points, your chances of winning a match are only a paltry .05 percent - yes, one-twentieth of one percent. Sound crazy? The proof is on page 176 of the paperback edition.) My only complaint is that some of Paulos' ideas just ...more

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.

Much less interesting and worthwhile than Innumeracy. Pretty disappointing.

**51 percent of the vote results in 100 percent of the power**

so, first off: paulos is not reading a specific newspaper or debunking specific articles. it's more like he's reading the general theory of newspapers, or is recalling a lifetime of said readership, and then tying those hazy memories and basic journalistic practices to some math concepts he's got right there in front of him.

in other words, the math is all very present. but if u want explicitly named errors in recent stories, ur gonna h ...more

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The author loves the newspaper but is also critical of journalists and publishers. ...more

Al contrario de lo que puede sugerir el título, esto no es un curso de matemáticas ni un libro pensado para el especialista con un posgrado. Es para ese lector o lectora común y corriente que abre las hojas para informarse del mundo en el que vive. Es para detectar cómo los nú ...more

I would be curious ...more

Overall, a good reminder that the news is, for the most part, first about entertainment, and then about disseminating info ...more

My only gripe is that, at times, he makes the typical mathematician's error of using a heavily oversimplified ...more

It was OK, but not spectacular. There was too much wordiness and not enough math. I was hoping for a more detailed analysis with various examples of how math, statistics, graphs, etc are used to mislead or misinform newspaper readers. Instead, this is a very cursory touch on various slightly math-related political and economic concerns.

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