Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

ISBN-10: 038548254X
ISBN-13: 9780385482547
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Description: With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made Innumeracy a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the pages of the daily newspaper showing how math and numbers are a key element in many of the articles we read every  More...

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List price: $13.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/26/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made Innumeracy a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the pages of the daily newspaper showing how math and numbers are a key element in many of the articles we read every day.  From the Senate, SATs, and sex, to crime, celebrities, and cults, he takes stories that may not seem to involve mathematics at all and demonstrates how a lack of mathematical knowledge can hinder our understanding of them.

Introduction
Lani "Quota Queen" Guinier: Voting, Power, and Mathematics
Bosnia: Is It Vietnam or World War II?: Psychological Availability and Anchoring Effects
Recession Forecast If Steps Not Taken: Unpredictability, Chaos, and Pooh-Poohing the Pooh-Bahs
Afta Nafta, Lafta; Free Traders Exult: Headlines and the Inverted Pyramid
Pakistan's Bhutto Gambles in Trade Negotiations: On Dice and Bluffing
Clinton, Dole in Sparring Roles: Who's News and Grammar Checkers
Iraqi Death Toll Unknown: Benchmark Figures in War, Crisis, and the Economy
D'Amato Agrees Hillary Most Honest Person Clinton Knows: Ambiguity and Nonstandard Models
Fraud Alleged in Pennsylvania Senate Race: Political and Mathematical Regression
Cult Members Accuse Government of Plot: Newspapers, Coincidences, and Conspiracy Theories
Company Charged with Ethnic Bias in Hiring: Test Disparities Need Not Imply Racism
SAT Top Quartile Score Declines: Correlation, Prediction, and Improvement
Guns Will Soon Kill More Than Cars: Comparability and Intensity
Abortion Activists Bomb Clinic: Prohibitions and Arithmetical Arguments
DNA Fingers Murderer: Life, Death, and Conditional Probability
Darts Trounce the Pros: Luck and the Market
Cellular Phones Tied to Brain Cancer: Multiplication, Health, and Business
GM Trucks Explode on Side Collision: From Pity to Policy
The $32 Billion Pepsi Challenge: Advertising and Numerical Craftiness
Brief Fads Dominate Toy Industry: S-Curves and Novelty
Area Residents Respond to Story: Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
Researchers Look to Local News for Trends: The Present, the Future, and Ponzi Schemes
A Cyberpunk Woody Allen: How to Write a Profile of the Fledgling Celebrity
Tsongkerclintkinbro Wins: Everybody's Got an Angle
Florida Dentist Accused of Intentionally Spreading AIDS: Rumors, Self-Fulfilling Prophecies, and National Obsessions
Interlude: Selves, Heroes, and Dissociation
Candidates Contradict Each Other's Denials: Self-Reference, Intentions, and the News
Special Investigator Says Full Story Not Told: Compressibility and the Complexity Horizon
Newspaper Circulation Down: Factoids on Tabloids
Computers, Faxes, Copiers Still Rare in Russia: Information and the Commissars
Ranking Health Risks: Experts and Laymen Differ: The Dyscalculia Syndrome
Asbestos Removal Closes NYC Schools: Contaminated Mountains Out of Mole Spills
Super Collider a Waste of Money: Science Journalism and Advocacy
Harvard Psychiatrist Believes Patients Abducted by Aliens: Mathematically Creating One's Own Pseudoscience
FDA Caught Between Opposing Protesters: Statistical Tests and Confidence Intervals
Senators Eye Hawaii Health Care Plan: Scaling Up Is So Very Hard to Do
Breakthrough Forecast by End of Decade: You Can't Know More Than You Know
Rodent Population Patterns Difficult to Fathom: Ecology, Chaos, and the News
More Dismal Math Scores for U.S. Students: X, Y, and U
761 Calories, 428 Mgs. Sodium, 22.6 Grams of Fat per Serving: Meaningless Precision
Top Designs for the Busy Working Woman: Fashion, Unpredictability, and Toast
Agassi Wins Again: Scoring and Amplifying Differences
New Survey Reveals Changing Attitudes: Societal Gas Laws
Near-Perfect Game for Roger Clemens: How Many Runs in the Long Run
Bucks County and Environs: A Note on Maps and Graphic Games
Ask About Your Mother-in-Law's Lladro: Explanation, Advice, and Physics
Garden Club Gala: Incidence Matrices on the Society Pages
Ten Reasons We Hate Our Bosses: Lists and Linearity
Stallone on Worst-Dressed List: Traits and Rates
New Biography Fills Much-Needed Gap: Books and News
Which Way Mecca?: Religion in the Paper
R. L. Vickler, 85, Aide to Truman: The Length of Obituaries
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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