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How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking (2014)

por Jordan Ellenberg

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"In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us that math isn't confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do--the whole world is shot through with it. Math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It's a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How early should you get to the airport? What does "public opinion" really represent? Why do tall parents have shorter children? Who really won Florida in 2000? And how likely are you, really, to develop cancer? How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician's method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman--minus the jargon. Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. "--… (mais)
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    themulhern: Ellenberg's extends the use of mathematics to analyze arguments a bit further; both books are kind of funny.
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Being a logical minded person, as well as someone who loves numbers, I was excited to read this book. It began as expected, with examples of situations where the use of mathematics can help guide one's thinking. As the book went along, though, there were too many instances where the author got VERY deep into mathematical theory, and the content often moved away from the practical application of mathematics in everyday life. For hard-core mathematicians, I'm sure this was a positive aspect of but, for me, it was hard to push through all of the theory and history of mathematics. I was left longing for more practical application. ( )
  BlackAsh13 | Jul 20, 2021 |
I did not want it to end. ( )
  skroah | Dec 14, 2020 |
Overall, I found this book funny and smart, and I definitely learned a few things. Some parts did drag on a bit for me, but that's not to say someone else wouldn't absolutely adore them. I do think the book was a little longer than it needed to be, though. I don't think it's accessible for just anyone, however. There are some things I only understood because I'd encountered the same or similar ideas in college math classes. If you're interested in math and/or how it relates to the world and how it really does matter, you should give this book a shot, even if you only read bits and pieces of it. ( )
  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
Almost everything that we do these days has some sort of mathematical element to it, from analysis by companies that are looking for patterns, voting, the stock market and ways of winning the lottery.

Ellenberg does make some reasonable arguments; I particularly liked the explanations on the three way voting where the favoured guy can end up being eliminated purely because of the first past the post method, and the way that groups were able to exploit a badly designed lottery.

And most of the time he does a reasonable job of getting his points across using mathematical explanations and details revealing the hidden maths of every day life. But the book suffers from a lack of direction at times it and it regularly jumps into very complex explanations, which some will find difficult. In this sort of book, you also need to stick to one subject at a time, and it sadly flits back and forth as you go through the book.

There are other books out there that are much better at explaining the way that maths affects us. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Half brilliant and half way too in depth about lotteries and betting. Not sure I'd recommend it unless you're passionate about math. If you don't understand the underlying concepts it might as well be magic. ( )
  parzivalTheVirtual | Mar 22, 2020 |
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Mr. Ellenberg's key point: Mathematics is not some strange language used by a few single-minded experts. Rather, it is a powerful extension of our common sense, one that anyone can employ to tackle real-life problems.
 
Ellenberg’s talent for finding real-life situations that enshrine mathematical principles would be the envy of any math teacher. He presents these in fluid succession, like courses in a fine restaurant, taking care to make each insight shine through, unencumbered by jargon or notation. Part of the sheer intellectual joy of the book is watching the author leap nimbly from topic to topic, comparing slime molds to the Bush-Gore Florida vote, criminology to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The final effect is of one enormous mosaic unified by mathematics.
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"In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us that math isn't confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do--the whole world is shot through with it. Math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It's a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How early should you get to the airport? What does "public opinion" really represent? Why do tall parents have shorter children? Who really won Florida in 2000? And how likely are you, really, to develop cancer? How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician's method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman--minus the jargon. Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. "--

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