A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Making Sense of the Numbers in the Headlines


From crime figures to health scares, election polls to stock market forecasts, numbers make the news all the time. But are they accurate?

John Allen Paulos, travels through the pages of an average newspaper, revealing how mathematics is at the heart of the articles we read every day - even horoscopes and the sports pages - and how often they mislead us. By understanding simple concepts such as probability, chaos theory and game theory, you'll be able to see through faulty statistics, stock market forecasters and conspiracy theorists - and make the figures truly add up.


  • Mathematics is all around you. And it's a great defence against the sharks, cowboys and liars who want your vote, your money, or your life - as Paulos's latest book makes crystal clear
    Ian Stewart, author of Does God Play Dice?

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