Buy Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. by Professor John Allen Paulos (ISBN: ) from. by. John Allen Paulos. · Rating details · 3, ratings · reviews. Dozens of examples in innumeracy show us how it affects not only personal economics. Innumeracy – by John Allen Paulos. ISBN: Date read: How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 (See my list of + books, for more.).

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Paulos does consider both the causes and the possible ways to decrease the prevalence of innumeracy, but his discussion and suggestions are necessarily barely elaborated on he has a lot to get to in this short book.

That’s all well and good, but it c In “Innumeracy”, John Allen Paulos argues that the level of mathematical illiteracy in the United States is shocking and unacceptable, that innumeracy has real and pernicious negative effects, and that it is promoted by poor teaching. He enumerates these fallacies in the preface Paulos, xii,xiv: When I shared a couple of them with my adolescent grand-children, I found some enthusiastic “aha!!

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. Retrieved 5 September Apr 15, Gina rated it it was ok.

Aug 11, J. View all 7 comments. As often observed, however, the 45, innumerafy killed annually on American roads are approximately equal in number to all American dead in the Vietnam War.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos

It explained the math that I needed to understand the concepts in the book. You will soon find yourself thinking twice about saying, “I am not a math person” or “Math just isn’t my subject.

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Innumeracy made the New York Times best seller the year it came out in The author, it is eventually revealed, was a mathematical prodigy as a child, and still takes immense pleasure in doing things like deftly innumerady the volume of all the blood in the world in terms of how deep it would fill Central Park, or how fast human hair grows in miles per hour.

Although I think in the book the author is explaining in the following paragraphs how the sentence you posted is actually false.

Innumeracy – John Allen Paulos

That dealing with numbers strikes terror in the minds of people today and according to this book – which is dated and having been published in – is due to our education. He’d hate that I used the adjective ‘cold,’ there Jul 14, Jhon rated it liked it Shelves: The north wall of a garage near my house contains almost exactly ten thousand alldn bricks.

There’s plenty of good insight and information, but it’s like the author couldn’t make up his mind if he wanted to rant or educate.

Other editions – View all Innumeracy: His arrogance is particularly off-putting when casually insulting educators a population to which I belong and also when dismissing dreams; though I accept his point about their predictability, I respect the human mind enough to acknowledge we probably don’t understand exactly how they work yet.

One difficulty the innumerate often have is translating principle into practice, and though Paulos does his best to show the principles in practice it often isn’t enough. Mar 16, blakeR rated it it was ok Shelves: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Resources could be distributed more efficiently.


Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

They are just examples to carry fairly obvious, unarguable points, so their relevance is more important than their quality. Retrieved 30 August Dec 01, Kevin rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: If part of the book’s purpose is to raise the comfort level of the reader with certain concepts, then there are probably too many places where it throws in a formula too quickly, causing less numerate minds to glance away.

And if you don”t have some feeling for probabilities, automobile accidents might seem a relatively minor problem of local travel, whereas being killed by terrorists might seem to be a major risk when going overseas.

Innumeracy shows how celebrities, presidents, and major politicians use numbers in the wrong way. The New York Times. Retrieved from ” https: His assessments are reasonable taught as an abstract not applicable subject, the teachers don’t understand it, kids don’t learn it as puzzlesand I’ve made similar observations over my lifetime.

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