Proofiness How You're Being Fooled by the Numbers

ISBN-10: 0143120077

ISBN-13: 9780143120070

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Authors: Charles Seife
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Description: The bestselling author of "Zero" shows how mathematical misinformation pervades and shapes daily lives. "Proofiness," as Seife explains in this eye-opening book, is the art of using pure mathematics for impure ends, and he reminds readers that bad mathematics has a dark side.

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

A graduate of Yale University in Mathematics, Charles Seife's areas of research include probability theory and artificial intelligence. His journalism includes articles for The New Scientist, The Economist, and Scientific American among others. His first book, Zero: the Biography of a Dangerous Idea, won the PEN Award for Non-fiction.

Introduction: Proofiness
Phony Facts, Phony Figures
Rorschach�s Demon
Risky Business
Poll Cats
Electile Dysfunction
An Unfair Vote
Alternate Realities
Propaganda by the Numbers
Acknowledgments
Appendix A: Statistical Error
Appendix B: Electronic Voting
Appendix C: The Prosecutor�s Fallacy
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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