How You're Being Fooled by the Numbers


Author: Charles Seife

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101443507

Category: Mathematics

Page: 320

View: 9800

The bestselling author of Zero shows how mathematical misinformation pervades-and shapes-our daily lives. According to MSNBC, having a child makes you stupid. You actually lose IQ points. Good Morning America has announced that natural blondes will be extinct within two hundred years. Pundits estimated that there were more than a million demonstrators at a tea party rally in Washington, D.C., even though roughly sixty thousand were there. Numbers have peculiar powers-they can disarm skeptics, befuddle journalists, and hoodwink the public into believing almost anything. "Proofiness," as Charles 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. It is used to bring down beloved government officials and to appoint undeserving ones (both Democratic and Republican), to convict the innocent and acquit the guilty, to ruin our economy, and to fix the outcomes of future elections. This penetrating look at the intersection of math and society will appeal to readers of Freakonomics and the books of Malcolm Gladwell.


How Overregulation Stifles Creativity and Innovation in Education


Author: George A. Goens,Philip Streifer

Publisher: R&L Education

ISBN: 1475805683

Category: Education

Page: 170

View: 9158

The straitjacket of centralized control and coercive approaches to the problems that public education is facing is not the solution, but actually is part of the problem. And where achievement is lower than desired this book brings attention to the root cause – lack of student preparation so that more resources can be put into catching these kids up, rather than into more tests, more curriculum development, and more administrative staff needed to comply with all of this complexity and growing regulations.

Virtual Unreality

Just Because the Internet Told You, How Do You Know It's True?


Author: Charles Seife

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698163516

Category: Computers

Page: 256

View: 5490

The bestselling author of Proofiness and Zero explains how to separate fact from fantasy in the digital world Digital information is a powerful tool that spreads unbelievably rapidly, infects all corners of society, and is all but impossible to control—even when that information is actually a lie. In Virtual Unreality, Charles Seife uses the skepticism, wit, and sharp facility for analysis that captivated readers in Proofiness and Zero to take us deep into the Internet information jungle and cut a path through the trickery, fakery, and cyber skullduggery that the online world enables. Taking on everything from breaking news coverage and online dating to program trading and that eccentric and unreliable source that is Wikipedia, Seife arms his readers with actual tools—or weapons—for discerning truth from fiction online.

More Fallacies, Flaws & Flimflam


Author: Edward J. Barbeau

Publisher: MAA

ISBN: 0883855801

Category: Mathematics

Page: 187

View: 3205

More Fallacies, Flaws, and Flimflam is the second volume of selections drawn mostly from the College Mathematics Journal column “Fallacies, Flaws, and Flimflam” from 2000 through 2008. The MAA published the first collection, Mathematical Flaws, Fallacies, and Flimflam, in 2000. As in the first volume, More Fallacies, Flaws, and Flimflam contains items ranging from howlers (outlandish procedures that nonetheless lead to a correct answer) to deep or subtle errors often made by strong students. Although some are provided for entertainment, others challenge the reader to determine exactly where things go wrong. Items are sorted by subject matter. Elementary teachers will find chapter 1 of most use, while middle and high schoolteachers will find chapters 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8 applicable to their levels. College instructors can delve for material in every part of the book. There are frequent references to the College Mathematics Journal; these are denoted by CMJ.

When a Lie Is Not a Sin

The Hebrew Bible's Framework for Deciding


Author: Rabbi Dennis S. Ross

Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing

ISBN: 1580238580

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 1270

Is omitting the truth the same as lying? Why is lying OK when life is at stake? This provocative yet compassionate look at religion and truthfulness draws on the Hebrew Bible to address ethical decision making and distinctions surrounding common but complicated personal situations.

A Good Way to Go


Author: Colin G. Jamieson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1483648168

Category: Self-Help

Page: 265

View: 1398

A Good Way to Go considering self-determination, mercy & self-termination. tackles the difficult subjects of living, dying, suicide and euthanasia but concentrates on the care that can be given. The book is aimed at the general public not so much to be authoritative as provide original thoughts, and comprehensive enough to provide helpful material, to stimulate discussions, and provide an overview that might facilitate wholesome changes in our society. It is said to be well written and raising new and interesting points. The plea for a more merciful society begins with pastoral help to the dying, a better understanding of suicide, acceptance of self-termination, a look at ethics, health services and the law in regard to euthanasia. It is written from a Christian Western perspective because that is what has brought us to this place of confusion and anxiety about death and dying. It is important, that we take our bicultural and multicultural future very seriously in an ever increasing secular world and it would be audacious to speak on any other cultures behalf.


Simple Steps To A Life-long Habit of Enjoyable & Rewarding Reading


Author: Martin Udogie

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496986342

Category: Self-Help

Page: 210

View: 3759

It doesn’t take days or weeks or months to read a book. It takes hours. READ MORE explains how. Most people readily admit that reading books is beneficial, and wish they could read a bit more, and in some cases, a lot more. But most people also have what seem like perfectly valid excuses for not reading, chief among which are lack of time, work-load and responsibility. Yes, they all seem perfectly understandable excuses until you read this book, and discover accounts of people going out of their way to indulge in the habit, from Rudi Giuliani, who, as New York Mayor during 9-11, finally arrived home at past 2 A.M. on the night of that fateful day, and still picked up a book to read; to Barack Obama who went on a one-week vacation in 2010, with over 2,300 pages of reading; to George W. Bush whose formula for reading was to enter into a reading contest with his top presidential aide, Karl Rove. Then there is the challenge of the 99% majority, for whom affordability might also be a ready excuse. Yet, Dr. Ben Carson, today a world-famous neurosurgeon and bestselling author, traces his turnaround to the reading habit instilled in him in fifth grade by his single mother who wasn’t even literate at the time. And there are several other examples. But what of the other 1%, the rich and famous, for whom, time is priceless? Bill Gates as CEO of Microsoft had a Think Week, dedicated to reading. And as Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew took out time to “recharge his batteries” at Harvard. A commitment to a regime of habitual reading takes more than mental conviction. It takes doing. And unlike what most people have come to believe, reading a book doesn’t take days or weeks. It takes hours. This book demonstrates how, and reveals other simple steps that anyone can follow, to develop a life-time habit of enjoyable reading, and reap its rewards.


Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences


Author: John Allen Paulos

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141980133

Category: Mathematics

Page: 160

View: 4577

Why do even well-educated people often understand so little about maths - or take a perverse pride in not being a 'numbers person'? In his now-classic book Innumeracy, John Allen Paulos answers questions such as: Why is following the stock market exactly like flipping a coin? How big is a trillion? How fast does human hair grow in mph? Can you calculate the chances that a party includes two people who have the same birthday? Paulos shows us that by arming yourself with some simple maths, you don't have to let numbers get the better of you.

The Fly in the Ointment

70 Fascinating Commentaries on the Science of Everyday Life


Author: Joseph A. Schwarcz

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1550226215

Category: SCIENCE

Page: 297

View: 1640

Explanations of everyday science are offered in a study that covers everything from the science of bottled water and plastic wraps, to the mysteries of bulletproof vests and weight loss diets.