Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

John Allen Paulos
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Introduction, Chapter 1 - Examples and Principles

• Math is frequently misused.
• Weather forecasters are often incorrect.

• Doctors often confuse percentages in predicting mortality rates/success of surgery.
• Paulos defines innumeracy.
• Math should be relatable to personal experience.
• The Archimedes Principal is discussed.
• Multiplication is examined.

• The topic of probability is raised.

Chapter 2 - Probability and Coincidence

• Paulos gives an example of a man on a plane.

• Probability is often miscalculated.
• Freud said there was no such thing as coincidence.

• Jung enjoyed synchronicity.
• People are obsessed by coincidence, irony, and synchronicity.
• Paulos investigates common coincidences.

• Winning streaks are discussed.

• People in common are examined.
• Poisson formula is introduced.
• Poisson formula is introduced.

Chapter 3 - Pseudoscience

• Paulos associates innumeracy with pseudoscience.

• Math is full of certainties.

• Uses example of Reagan.
• Educated people can be innumerate.

• Paulos introduces Fleiss and Freud.

• Uses examples.
• Paulos discusses parapsychology.

• Paulos discusses astrology.
• Author examines inaccuracy...

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