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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 ...more## Get A Copy

Paperback, 224 pages

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

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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

**A fabulous read - highly recommended**

I have to say I really enjoy John Allen Paulo's style of writing. His wry observations and insights are wonderful to behold on paper.

The book is somehow timeless, it is as useful and observant now as it was when written.

An easy recommendation to make. ...more

will definitely spur u to be "that guy"
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I did think the following was useful though:

1. That most news stories emanate from other, already popular news stories. There's a bias toward things already reported.

2. Calculating the effectiveness of large armies, even if they aren't very effective.

3. Most p ...more

I don't think it's a case of Mr. Paulos's authorship, but rather a case of my understanding of the concepts.

Regardless, I still did get the feeling this is a book to be read and will definitely be revisiting it at some point.

The one big takeaway I got was that everyday mathematics can be picked up from the daily news, something I shall be paying attention to in future.

One observation, I do believe that to better enjoy this book it would be worth getting up to speed with ...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.

I cherish this book, and recommend it to you, even if you don't think you're the audience for it. You might be surprised. ...more

Much less interesting and worthwhile than Innumeracy. Pretty disappointing.
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The author loves the newspaper but is also critical of journalists and publishers. ...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

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