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Title:Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Charles Seife
Publisher:Viking
ISBN:0670022160
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:271
Category:Non fiction, Science, Mathematics, Politics, Psychology

Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception by Charles Seife

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception The bestselling author of i Zero i shows how mathematical misinformation pervades and shapes our daily lives b .

According to MSNBC having a child makes you stupid You actually lose IQ points i Good Morning America i has announced that natural blondes will be extinct within two hundred years Pundits estimated that there were more than a million demonstrators at a tea party rally in Washington D C even though roughly sixty thousand were there Numbers have peculiar powers they can disarm skeptics befuddle journalists and hoodwink the public into believing almost anything .

Proofiness as Charles Seife explains in this eye opening book is the art of using pure mathematics for impure ends and he reminds readers that bad mathematics has a dark side It is used to bring down beloved government officials and to appoint undeserving ones both Democratic and Republican to convict the innocent and acquit the guilty to ruin our economy and to fix the outcomes of future elections This penetrating look at the intersection of math and society will appeal to readers of i Freakonomics i and the books of Malcolm Gladwell

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