The "Freakonomics" of math a mathworld superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In "How Not to Be Wrong," Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: 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 hardwon insights of the academic community to the layman minus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of nonEuclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can t figure out about you, and the existence of God. Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. Math, as Ellenberg says, is an atomicpowered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength. With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way. How Not to Be Wrong will show you how."
About Jordan Ellenberg
Jordan Ellenberg is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at the University of WisconsinMadison and a 2015 Guggenheim fellow. He has lectured around the world on his research in number theory and delivered one of the invited addresses at the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings, the largest math conference in the world. His writing has appeared in"The New York Times," "The Washington Post," "The Wall Street Journal," "The Boston Globe," "Wired," and"The Believer," and he has been featured on the Today show and NPR s"All Things Considered." He writes a popular column called Do the Math for"Slate.""Details Book
Author  :  Jordan Ellenberg 
Publisher  :  Penguin Books 
Data Published  :  26 May 2015 
ISBN  :  0143127535 
EAN  :  9780143127536 
Format Book  :  PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT 
Number of Pages  :  480 pages 
Age +  :  15 years 
Language  :  English 
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