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Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Hill & Wang Pub
Publication date December 1, 1988
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780809074471
ISBN-10 0809074478
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
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Original list price $16.95
Other format details sci/tech
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The author examines the nation's burgeoning inability to deal rationally with very large numbers, assesses the impact on government policymaking and everyday life, and shows what can be done about this (view table of contents)
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Why do even well-educated people understand so little about mathematics? And what are the costs of our innumeracy? John Allen Paulos, in his celebrated bestseller first published in 1988, argues that our inability to deal rationally with very large numbers and the probabilities associated with them results in misinformed governmental policies, confused personal decisions, and an increased susceptibility to pseudoscience of all kinds. Innumeracy lets us know what we're missing, and how we can do something about it.

Sprinkling his discussion of numbers and probabilities with quirky stories and anecdotes, Paulos ranges freely over many aspects of modern life, from contested elections to sports stats, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims, sex discrimination, insurance, lotteries, and drug testing. Readers of Innumeracy will be rewarded with scores of astonishing facts, a fistful of powerful ideas, and, most important, a clearer, more quantitative way of looking at their world.



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from Hill & Wang Pub (December 1, 1988)
9780809074471 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $16.95
About: The author examines the nation's burgeoning inability to deal rationally with very large numbers, assesses the impact on government policymaking and everyday life, and shows what can be done about this
Paperback
Book cover for 9780679726012 Book cover for 9780809058402
 
1 edition from Hill & Wang Pub (September 1, 2001)
9780809058402 | details & prices | 180 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Examines the nation's burgeoning inability to deal rationally with very large numbers, assesses the impact on government policymaking and everyday life, and shows what can be done about this.
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (January 1, 1990)
9780679726012 | details & prices | 180 pages | 5.25 × 8.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $12.00
About: Documents the widespread ignorance of simple concepts of numbers and probability, and shows how this mathematical illiteracy leads to wrong decisions in both public and private life
Cassette/Spoken Word
from Bantam Audio (January 1, 1990)
9780553452136 | details & prices | List price $14.95
About: Dozens of examples in innumeracy show us how it affects not only personal economics and travel plans, but explains mischosen mates, inappropriate drug-testing, and the allure of psuedo-science.

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