A mathematician reads the newspaper. Paperback edition of the 1995 original. (English) Zbl 1298.00013

New York, NY: Basic Books (ISBN 978-0-465-08999-4/pbk; 978-0-465-05067-3/ebook). xx, 212 p. (2013).
Publisher’s description: In this lively volume, mathematician John Allen Paulos employs his singular wit to guide us through an unlikely mathematical jungle – the pages of the daily newspaper. From the Senate and sex to celebrities and cults, Paulos takes stories that may not seem to involve math at all and demonstrates how mathematical naïveté can put readers at a distinct disadvantage. Whether he’s using chaos theory to puncture economic and environmental predictions, applying logic to clarify the hazards of spin doctoring and news compression, or employing arithmetic and common sense to give us a novel perspective on greed and relationships, Paulos never fails to entertain and enlighten.


00A09 Popularization of mathematics
97A80 Popularization of mathematics (MSC2010)
01A80 Sociology (and profession) of mathematics