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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Paulos is funny and offers a treasure trove of examples from newspapee contemporary news the mids when he was writing that have “a legitimate mathematical component” as he puts it. People get fixated on words like Korupt, strikes, embezzlement, murder. Question is, how the fuck does he estimate the amount of Fuck? Two groups of ppl are told a story about a person who parked his car on a hill.

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.

So, each chapter reads sort of like a blog entry. Sep 08, Brian Sison rated it liked it Shelves: Overall, a good reminder that the news is, for the most part, first about entertainment, and then about disseminating information.

On the other hand of true rarity, he goes into the smushing statistic. This book was cool, because the author went through all the sections of the newspaper starting with the politics which he claims does not really tell you shit about truth upon headlines to get you to buy the paper ending his explanations with sports and entertainment.

I have to read more I love mathematics.

If there are 24 hours in a day, that is million people humping in a day. Each chapter provides a bite-sized bit of knowledge about statistics and cognitive biases, though toward the end the information became repetitive.


A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

His brevity though, keeps jathematician interest, although he runs way too short on some very interesting topics only four pages on baseball? I thought it would matematician a fun and accessible look at how statistics are misused in the media.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I read a small exerpt from this book in a statistics class once and found it enjoyable. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Jul 25, Martin added it.

A random person has a higher chance of killing himself than having any of the remaining 7 billion people killing him. Mathemtaician 28, Julia rated it liked it. I would have eeads fewer, deeper explanations. My only gripe is that, at times, he makes the typical mathematician’s error of using a heavily oversimplified A good book. Is it fair to discount the message of a book because you suspect that you don’t like the author?

When my children were young we would watch nature programs on the television together, and I would teach then to ask “How do they know that? The above expression is only ten words long, so this integer is defined by an expression that is under eleven words long; it is definable in under eleven words, and is not the smallest positive integer not definable in under eleven words, and is not defined by this expression.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Paulos is a witty mathematician and makes excellent points in his analyses of newspapers focusing on the numbers, statistics, ignorance and misrepresentations. A nice collection of short musings by an expert on how not to be misled by popular news sources. A fabulous read – highly recommended I have to say I really enjoy John Allen Paulo’s style of writing.


Some passages, such as the discussion of voting systems and how they can produce very different election outcomes, were informative, insightful, and challenging. People are fixated on numbers like 10, is why people so often use a top 10 list.

Overall, a good reminder that the news is, for the most part, first about entertainment, and then about disseminating info Applies basic mathematics to provide insights into the biases and misleading material w newspapers.

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 actually true”.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.

L’informazione rischia a vo Molto interessante. Is the number less than z? Ma alcuni esempi sono molto azzeccati e alcuni concetti davvero illuminanti. It is an interesting take on a mathematician reading a newspaper. No trivia or quizzes yet. Answers on a postcard please. If you want to know whether any statement X is true or false, and your interlocutor is either a mathematicoan teller or a liar, ask him if The two statements — you are a truth teller and statement X — are both true.

When the liar says, “I’m lying.