Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos

Most people would be embarrassed to state that they were illiterate; why then do most wear innumeracy like a badge of honor? Partially it may be perception: when people think of math, they think geometry, algebra, or calculus. That's like thinking that being literate enough to read street signs is the same thing as taking an advanced class on English literature.

The author's fun, witty writing makes this potential dry subject fun. He identifies the basic elements of numeracy (spoiler: it's estimation techniques plus basic arithmatic) and demostrates their usefulness with examples. If you're one of those people (that is, most of them) who thinks that math is too hard and/or has no real-world use, read this book.

Rating: 5 of 5
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Mathematics A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper John Allen Paulos
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Mathematics A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market John Allen Paulos
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