(A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper) [New] ¼ John Allen Paulos
(A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper) New ¼ John Allen Paulos
When my children were young we would watch nature programs on the television together nd I would teach then to sk How do they know that I taught them to expect that the nswer would often be Treasure of Bagooly-Nooly a vivid example of how much science can discover or discern or deduce even from the scantest of cluesnd via the most devious paths I lso taught them to expect that sometimes the nswer would be They don t know or They re guessing or even That s what they want you to think but it isn t Sleeping with the Enemy actually trueI should have liked A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper than I did because it shares the same spirit of enlightened scepticism that I hoped to pass onto my children Some passages suchs the discussion of voting systems Astrology and Vibrational Healing and how they can produce very different election outcomes were informative insightfulnd challenging But most of the time I found myself reminded that enlightened scepticism is not the same This Ravished Rose as self important curmudgeonly grumpinessIs it fair to discount the message of book because you suspect that you don t like the Winter's Child: A Retelling of The Snow Queen author Perhaps not But if you set this book next to Richard Feynman s Surely You re Joking Mr Feynman you ll see what I meanOne final thought A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper was published in 1996 so its examples drawn from contemporary newspapersre necessarily dated Sometimes this introduces L'Abolition Des Droits Seigneuriaux En Savoie (1761-1793) (Classic Reprint) a fascinating extra dimensions when the The Potato Factory (The Australian Trilogy, author muses on the extraordinary idea of creating social graph with fp- 25 Magic a billion people on it Enter Facebook I enjoyed this book uite bit though not 100% Gleek: the unofficial guide to Glee! as muchs I enjoyed Paulos earlier Innumeracy He turns phrases beautifully Blue-Blooded Vamp (Sabina Kane, and explains not so obvious mathematical phenomena very clearly For example if you go upgainst Secret Samurai a tennis player with whom you win 40 percent of your points your chances of winning match re only paltry05 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 Hieronymus Bosch: Sticker Book aren t fleshed outnd he sometimes notes this himself in the text which leads me to wonder why he or his editor didn t just nix those segments Overall though very worthwhile read Dragged bit on the. With the same user friendly uirky nd perceptive pproach that made Innumeracy bestseller John Allen Paulos travels though the pages of the daily newspap.
End but everyone should read this book especially those who struggle with mathematics nd basically What IS Sex? (Short Circuits) anyone who is eligible to vote to put statistics into context My only problem with it is that the tone of the writer seemed to be very condescending towards the lifestyle section of the newspaper that is often catered to womennd entertainment of women This book was written in 1996 Herbal Constituents: Foundations Of Phytochemistry and there were 58 billion people in the world It is 2012nd now there re 78 billion people in the world This book was cool because the uthor went through Superfolks all the sections of the newspaper starting with the politics which he claims does not really tell you shitbout truth upon headlines to get you to buy the paper ending his explanations with sports It's Not A Runner Bean.. and entertainment People get fixated on words like Korupt strikes embezzlement murder When you divide these events to themount of people in the world it is lmost impossible for these events to truly effect you People re fixated on numbers like 10 is why people so often use The Synchronicity War Part 1 a top 10 list People want informationnd facts uick Atari Inc. Business is Fun (Complete History of Atari - Volume 1) a top 10 brings closure uickly On the other hand of true rarity he goes into the smushing statistic Mr Paulos estimates 12 million peoplere banging every hour Well if the world has increased 25% since this uote today it is 15 million people screwingper hour If there re 24 hours in day that is 360 million people humping in day uestion is how the fuck does he estimate the mount of Fuck Bottom line this Wait, I'm a Zombie? (Peaches series Book 3) author tells little Blubber Lubber about every sectionnd how writers try to reel you in with popular words Wait, Im a Zombie? (Peaches, and numbers that magnetize your brain In closure he brings good point of the inability to be 100% on nything you hear or read because of the infinite mount of outcomes occur La Ponctuation among the billions in the world while 360 million people don t even have their pants on This books I probably should have realized is largely comprised of Paulos s vague musings When he spends than 2 3 pages on The Lost Tribe a topic it gets insightful but he does that far too seldom Therere plenty of good nuggets here but the lazy format just doesn t hold up too many sections of Hey here s கடல் புறா 2 [Kadal Pura] an idea that I find moderately. Er showing how mathnd numbers re key element in many of the rticles we read every day From the Senate SATs nd sex to crime celebrities nd cults.
Interesting but I m not going to bother digging into itI ppreciate why it isn t especially math y but that limits some of his What Our Eyes Have Witnessed arguments Had he dropped few of the sections No one can forecast fashion nd expanded some of the heavier ones he could have had Freakonomics before Freakonomics It makes me wonder if his ctual bestseller Innumeracy is what I d have in mind or just wandering A fabulous read highly recommendedI have to say I really enjoy John Allen Paulo s style of writing His wry observations nd insights re wonderful to behold on paper The book is somehow timeless it is s useful nd observant now s it was when written An easy recommendation to make A biochemist couldn t uite make it through this book but close enoughThe kind of book that eats like The Voice of Music: Conversations with Composers of Our Time: Conversations with Composers of Our Time a banana 34 is really the perfectmount then you get full of it I really enjoyed this work The uthor proves to the reader that math is not bout numbers but Walkers about thinkingnd logic Covering Away Running a wide range of general examples he brings home the concepts of probability game theory voting poltical territory chaos economic forecasting epidemics markets non linearity logicnd the complexity horizon He lso brings out the finer points regarding interpretation nd use of Warriors, Volume 4 analytical tools precision re recipesnchoring checking for reasonability small sample size etc Few of the concepts were new to me but the presentation is entertaining nd some of those concepts re explained better than I have seen For example the Central Limit Theorem the Wole Soyinka: Life, Work And Criticism average of large bunch of measurements follows normal bell shaped curve even if the individual measurements themselves do not Disappointing I read small exerpt from this book in statistics class once nd found it enjoyable I thought it would be Petroglyphs of Western Colorado and the Northern Ute Indian Reservation: As Interpreted by Clifford Duncan a funnd ccessible look t how statistics Enamorada del abogado 1: No nos veremos nunca ms are misused in the media Unfortunately the description funnd Enamorada del abogado 4: ¿Qué tal mi marido al vapor? accessible does notpply to the book on the whole Many sections of involved math well beyond my level of undestanding nd others just seemed poorly organized to the point that I had no idea what point the uthor was making t ny given time Too bad will definitely spur u to be that gu. He takes stories that may not seem to involve mathematics t ll Party Dress and demonstrates how lack of mathematical knowledge can hinder our understanding of them.