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200% of Nothing : an Eye Opening Tour Through the Twists and Turns of Math Abuse and Innumeracy (93 Edition)

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Acclaim for "In today's world, 'innumeracy' is an even greater danger than illiteracy, and is perhaps even more common. Advertisers and politicians exploit it; intellectuals (self-styled) even flaunt it. I hope that this wise and witty book will provide cures where they are possible, and warnings where they are necessary.

"It's also a lot of fun. I can guarantee that 100%."—Arthur C. Clarke

"Dewdney retells with charm and wit magnificent morsels of mathematical mayhem discovered by his army of volunteer 'abuse detectives.' From 'sample trashing' to 'numerical terrorism,' from 'percentage pumping' to 'dimensional dementia,' 200% of Nothing plumbs the depths of innumeracy in daily life and reveals what ordinary people can do about it.

A rich, readable, instructive, and persuasive book."—Lynn Arthur Steen, Professor of Mathematics, St. Olaf College

Synopsis:

The deceptive use of mathematics is a favoured ploy of politicians and advertisers - or anyone with an idea to sell. This text introduces all types of abuses including: percentage pumping; irrational ratios; number bludgeoning; and occult sampling.

About the Author

A. K. DEWDNEY, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario. Well-known for his popular "Mathematical Recreations" column, which ran in Scientific American for more than eight years, he is also the author of several books, including The Armchair Universe and The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World.

Table of Contents

Innumeracy and Math Abuse.

Statistics and Damned Lies.

The Mathematics of Advertising.

Intelligent Dice.

The Law of Zero Return.

Caveat Emptor.

The Government Figures.

Living with Risk.

Gee-Whiz Media Math.

The Tip of the Iceberg.

Everybody Is a Mathematician.

Street Math.

Annotated Bibliography.

Acknowledgments: The Abuse Detectives.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471145745
Author:
Dewdney, A. K.
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Author:
Dewdney, A. K.
Author:
Dewdney
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Popular works
Subject:
Mathâematiques
Subject:
Probability & Statistics - General
Subject:
Statistics
Subject:
Mathematics | Probability and Statistics
Subject:
Popular Interest Mathematics
Copyright:
Series Volume:
2335
Publication Date:
February 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.73x5.74x.54 in. .54 lbs.

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