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Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences is a 1988 book by mathematician John Allen Paulos about "innumeracy," a term he embraced to describe the mathematical equivalent of illiteracy: incompetence with numbers rather than words. Innumeracy is a problem with many otherwise educated and knowledgeable people. While many people would be ashamed to admit they are illiterate, there is very little shame in saying "I'm a people person, not a numbers person." Or "I always hated math".

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  • El hombre anumérico
  • Innumeracy (book)
  • La Peur des chiffres
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  • El hombre anumérico es el segundo libro traducido al español del profesor y escritor John Allen Paulos. Su título original en inglés es Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences.
  • Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences is a 1988 book by mathematician John Allen Paulos about "innumeracy," a term he embraced to describe the mathematical equivalent of illiteracy: incompetence with numbers rather than words. Innumeracy is a problem with many otherwise educated and knowledgeable people. While many people would be ashamed to admit they are illiterate, there is very little shame in saying "I'm a people person, not a numbers person." Or "I always hated math".
  • La peur des chiffres. L'illétrisme en mathématiques et ses conséquences est un ouvrage du mathématicien américain John Allen Paulos (en) de 1988, paru en 1989 en France. Il traite de ce que l'auteur appelle l'achiffrisme, l'équivalent de l'illettrisme pour les mathématiques. Paulos articule son ouvrage autour de deux grands thèmes (qui ne sont pas strictement distincts dans le livre):
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  • El hombre anumérico es el segundo libro traducido al español del profesor y escritor John Allen Paulos. Su título original en inglés es Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences.
  • La peur des chiffres. L'illétrisme en mathématiques et ses conséquences est un ouvrage du mathématicien américain John Allen Paulos (en) de 1988, paru en 1989 en France. Il traite de ce que l'auteur appelle l'achiffrisme, l'équivalent de l'illettrisme pour les mathématiques. Paulos articule son ouvrage autour de deux grands thèmes (qui ne sont pas strictement distincts dans le livre): * Une partie mathématique: Il y traite des dangers de l'achiffrisme, de la méconnaissance des probabilités et des statistiques de base, avec des exemples à l'appui (comme des arnaques boursières). * Une partie plus généraliste sur les sciences au sens large: Il y effectue des démonstrations visant à démystifier certains phénomènes paranormaux, ou bien l'astrologie et certaines autres pseudo-sciences dont il juge les Américains trop friands (en ce sens, sa démarche peut être rapprochée de celle de Henri Broch avec ses ouvrages de vulgarisation et de zététique).
  • Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences is a 1988 book by mathematician John Allen Paulos about "innumeracy," a term he embraced to describe the mathematical equivalent of illiteracy: incompetence with numbers rather than words. Innumeracy is a problem with many otherwise educated and knowledgeable people. While many people would be ashamed to admit they are illiterate, there is very little shame in saying "I'm a people person, not a numbers person." Or "I always hated math". Paulos speaks mainly of the common misconceptions in regard to numbers. He looks at real-world examples in stock scams, psychics, astrology, sports records, elections, sex discrimination, UFOs, insurance and law, lotteries and drug testing. Paulos discusses innumeracy with quirky anecdotes, scenarios and facts, encouraging readers in the end to look at their world in a more quantitative way. The book sheds light on the link between innumeracy and pseudoscience. For example, the fortune telling psychic's few correct and general observations are remembered over the many incorrect guesses. He also stresses the problem between the actual number of occurrences of various risks and popular perceptions of those risks happening. The problems of innumeracy come at a great cost to society. Topics include probability and coincidence, innumeracy in pseudoscience, statistics and trade-offs in society. For example, the danger of getting killed in a car accident is much greater then terrorism and this danger should be reflected in how we allocate our limited resources.
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