In this book the author of Innumeracy : Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences reveals the hidden mathematical angles in countless media stories. His real life perspective on the statistics we rely on and how they can mislead is for anyone interested in gaining a more accurate view of their world. The book is written with a humorous and knowledgeable style that makes it great reading. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Math professor Paulos's irreverent investigation of the often faulty use of statistics and fact in newspaper articles.
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Well worth the read. It's not preachy like Innumeracy, it entertainingly goes through the ways that news sources screw up their numbers.Published on May 1 2003 by Collin Campbell
This book had a few good examples of how numbers are used and abused in the media. The book was genenrally good when it kept its discussion to narrowly defined cases (the... Read morePublished on May 15 2002
I found this book numbingly dull. After about 40 pages I lost any hope of maintaining the one-minded devotion to extract the interesting concepts buried within.Published on May 12 2002 by Terry Sanders
A funny, instructional tour of the newspaper as seen by a mathematician. Each section starts out with a headline and a brief sketch of a news story and then Paulos discusses in a... Read morePublished on May 17 2001
This is a clever and useful book about the foibles in the media's use of statistics, with short primers on complexity, psychology, and probability theory -- and an occasional lapse... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2001 by David Gibson
There seem to be very few actual newspaper examples, and too many contrived discussions. Comes across as preaching at the reader, but without enough facts to back up what he says,... Read morePublished on Dec 22 2000 by Rich Fullerton
I truly enjoyed this book, and skim it again every summer.
This work is like chatting with an extremely thoughtful friend who takes nothing for granted, and examines every... Read more
All journalists should be encouraged to read this witty book as well as other members of the chattering classes. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2000