By John Allen Paulos

ISBN-10: 1429934387

ISBN-13: 9781429934381

Why do even well-educated humans comprehend so little approximately arithmetic? And what are the prices of our innumeracy? John Allen Paulos, in his celebrated bestseller first released in 1988, argues that our lack of ability to deal rationally with very huge numbers and the possibilities linked to them ends up in misinformed governmental rules, pressured own judgements, and an elevated susceptibility to pseudoscience of every kind. Innumeracy shall we us understand what we're lacking, and the way we will be able to focus on it.

Sprinkling his dialogue of numbers and percentages with quirky tales and anecdotes, Paulos levels freely over many facets of recent lifestyles, from contested elections to activities stats, from inventory scams and newspaper psychics to vitamin and clinical claims, intercourse discrimination, coverage, lotteries, and drug trying out. Readers of Innumeracy can be rewarded with ratings of incredible evidence, a fistful of strong rules, and, most vital, a clearer, extra quantitative manner of their international.

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