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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There was too much wordiness and not enough math. Unfortunately, the description fun and accessible does not apply to the book on the whole. Have been cracking my head too long for this. Jan 12, Justin Tapp rated it it newspapper ok Shelves: It was OK, but not spectacular.

He had faith then that a newspaper was of more value than a television newscast, but that pre-dated the tabloid TV of Murdoch’s empire and the deceptive pseudo-statistics they use, so I’m sure he’s even more convinced of his original premise.

I also love facts, and separating those from fiction, and clarity, and healthy skeptical thinking, and a vigorous dose of humor. May 18, JP rated it really liked it.

This book, as I probably should have realized, is largely comprised of Paulos’s vague musings. Especially liked the sections about gerrymandering, and tax rates. 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? La premisa del libro es muy buena: I have to read more of his work. A lot of it is interesting although there’s disappointingly few analysis of important political stories.


Eg is the number between x and y?

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

Paulos examines and dissects the use and misuse of mathematics in newspaper stories. Each chapter are his thoughts after reading particular articles in the newspaper and introduce various mathematical theories and statistical concepts that would add some much-needed info to the articles. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Jul 07, Dave rated it really liked it. He has a paragraph about that in this book, mentions that the way mathematics is taught in school today is equivalent to teaching literature solely by analyzing and focusing on punctuation.

It was published inbefore blogs, so it made him more money than simply blogging his thoughts now would. Rears I gave only three stars was the information became quite repetitive toward the end. Paulos is funny and offers a treasure trove of examples from the contemporary news the mids when he was writing that have “a legitimate mathematical component” as he puts it.

This is the integer to which the above expression refers.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

It is an interesting take on a mathematician reading a newspaper. Mar 26, Alex Hasha rated it liked it Shelves: People are fixated on numbers like 10, is why people so often use a top 10 list.


Many sections of involved math well beyond my level of undestanding and others just seemed poorly organized to the point that I had no idea what point the author was making at any given time. When you divide the This book was written in and there were 5.

To ask other readers questions about A Mathematician Reads the Newspaperplease sign up. Two groups of ppl are told a story about a person who parked his car on a hill. When the liar says, “I’m lying. 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. Perhaps the polite jlhn would be to say, just read his other jogn instead.

In reality, this seems to be merely an attempt to capitalize on the success of that earlier work. May 30, Anthony Faber rated it liked it. Post any proof if feasible.

No trivia or quizzes yet. He mentions Chaos Theory a couple of times, which yet again tantalizes me to find a good book on the subject. A nice collection of short musings by an expert on how not to be misled by popular news sources.