Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception

Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception

Charles Seife

The bestselling writer of Zero indicates how mathematical incorrect information pervades-and shapes-our day-by-day lives.

in line with MSNBC, having a toddler makes you silly. you definitely lose IQ issues. Good Morning America has introduced that usual blondes could be extinct inside of 200 years. Pundits predicted that there have been greater than 1000000 demonstrators at a tea social gathering rally in Washington, D.C., although approximately sixty thousand have been there. Numbers have ordinary powers-they can disarm skeptics, befuddle newshounds, and hoodwink the general public into believing virtually something.

"Proofiness," as Charles Seife explains during this eye-opening ebook, is the paintings of utilizing natural arithmetic for impure ends, and he reminds readers that undesirable arithmetic has a depressing part. it truly is used to carry down liked govt officers and to nominate not worthy ones (both Democratic and Republican), to convict the blameless and acquit the accountable, to destroy our economic system, and to mend the results of destiny elections. This penetrating examine the intersection of math and society will attract readers of Freakonomics and the books of Malcolm Gladwell.

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