The Resource 200% of nothing : : an eyeopening tour through the twists and turns of math abuse and innumeracy, A.K. Dewdney
200% of nothing : : an eyeopening tour through the twists and turns of math abuse and innumeracy, A.K. Dewdney
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 "In this delightfully witty excursion into the world of mathematical manipulation, popular columnist and math whiz A.K. Dewdney unveils the vast array of ways in which numbers are twisted and statistics are turned in order to fool the unsuspecting public. From the case of the "Incredible Expanding Toyota" to that of the "National Security Googol," Dewdney exposes the slick tricks and subtle schemes used by advertisers, politicians, special interest lobbyists, stockbrokers, car dealers, and just about anybody who tries to impress us with numbers, charts, and graphs." "At turns funny and infuriating, Two Hundred Percent of Nothing is packed with reallife examples from the worlds of advertising, government, business, and media that demonstrate all types of math abuses. Dewdney identifies them by name, from "number bludgeoning to occult sampling," and shows us exactly how they play upon our innumeracy  the common inability to understand the rules of percentages, ratios, statistics, and basic math logic. You may want to buy the halogen light bulbs that an ad claims will save you 200% on energy costs, until Dewdney points out that it's impossible to save any more than 100% of something. And you may never want to play the lottery again when you learn that your chances of winning are mathematically equivalent whether you play or not." "Why should we be skeptical of 4 out of 5 dentists surveyed?" "What's the bull behind the bull market?" "Do statistics really prove it's safer to fly than drive across country?" "When would financing a car through a dealer be a bad deal?" "With the wry wit and professorial wisdom that made his math column a favorite among Scientific American readers for nearly a decade, Dewdney gives the answers. Furthermore, he explains the basic math behind the answers so that the next time you see mathematical chicanery, you'll recognize it."
 "Though you may be shocked at how pervasive math abuse is, you may be even more astonished to discover how rapidly you can learn the simple tricks and basic logic of defending yourself against it. As Dewdney writes in his Introduction: "It is far easier to calculate a percentage than it is to drive a car." Math abusers are everywhere, but with Dewdney's shrewd pointers, you can easily catch them at their own game."Jacket
 Language
 eng
 Extent
 ix, 182 p.
 Contents

 Innumeracy and math abuse
 Statistics and damned lies
 The mathematics of advertising
 Intelligent dice
 The law of zero return
 Caveat emptor
 The government figures
 Living with risk
 Geewhiz media math
 The tip of the iceberg
 Everybody is a mathematician
 Street math
 Annotated bibliography
 Acknowledgments: The abuse detectives
 Isbn
 9780471577768
 Label
 200% of nothing : : an eyeopening tour through the twists and turns of math abuse and innumeracy
 Title
 200% of nothing
 Title remainder
 : an eyeopening tour through the twists and turns of math abuse and innumeracy
 Statement of responsibility
 A.K. Dewdney
 Language
 eng
 Summary

 "In this delightfully witty excursion into the world of mathematical manipulation, popular columnist and math whiz A.K. Dewdney unveils the vast array of ways in which numbers are twisted and statistics are turned in order to fool the unsuspecting public. From the case of the "Incredible Expanding Toyota" to that of the "National Security Googol," Dewdney exposes the slick tricks and subtle schemes used by advertisers, politicians, special interest lobbyists, stockbrokers, car dealers, and just about anybody who tries to impress us with numbers, charts, and graphs." "At turns funny and infuriating, Two Hundred Percent of Nothing is packed with reallife examples from the worlds of advertising, government, business, and media that demonstrate all types of math abuses. Dewdney identifies them by name, from "number bludgeoning to occult sampling," and shows us exactly how they play upon our innumeracy  the common inability to understand the rules of percentages, ratios, statistics, and basic math logic. You may want to buy the halogen light bulbs that an ad claims will save you 200% on energy costs, until Dewdney points out that it's impossible to save any more than 100% of something. And you may never want to play the lottery again when you learn that your chances of winning are mathematically equivalent whether you play or not." "Why should we be skeptical of 4 out of 5 dentists surveyed?" "What's the bull behind the bull market?" "Do statistics really prove it's safer to fly than drive across country?" "When would financing a car through a dealer be a bad deal?" "With the wry wit and professorial wisdom that made his math column a favorite among Scientific American readers for nearly a decade, Dewdney gives the answers. Furthermore, he explains the basic math behind the answers so that the next time you see mathematical chicanery, you'll recognize it."
 "Though you may be shocked at how pervasive math abuse is, you may be even more astonished to discover how rapidly you can learn the simple tricks and basic logic of defending yourself against it. As Dewdney writes in his Introduction: "It is far easier to calculate a percentage than it is to drive a car." Math abusers are everywhere, but with Dewdney's shrewd pointers, you can easily catch them at their own game."Jacket
 Cataloging source
 DLC
 http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
 Dewdney, A. K
 Dewey number
 510
 Illustrations
 illustrations
 Index
 no index present
 LC call number
 QA93
 LC item number
 .D49 1993
 Literary form
 non fiction
 http://library.link/vocab/subjectName

 Mathematics
 Mathématiques
 Mathematics
 Wiskunde
 Getallen
 Missbrauch
 Statistik
 Unterhaltungsmathematik
 Mathematics  Popular works
 Math?matiques  Ouvrages de vulgarisation
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 200% of nothing : : an eyeopening tour through the twists and turns of math abuse and innumeracy, A.K. Dewdney
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 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (p. 174180)
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 Innumeracy and math abuse  Statistics and damned lies  The mathematics of advertising  Intelligent dice  The law of zero return  Caveat emptor  The government figures  Living with risk  Geewhiz media math  The tip of the iceberg  Everybody is a mathematician  Street math  Annotated bibliography  Acknowledgments: The abuse detectives
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 ocm27106477
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 24 cm.
 Extent
 ix, 182 p.
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 9780471577768
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 92042173
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 unmediated
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 rdamedia
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 ill.
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 (OCoLC)27106477
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 200% of nothing : : an eyeopening tour through the twists and turns of math abuse and innumeracy, A.K. Dewdney
 Link
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (p. 174180)
 Carrier category
 volume
 Carrier category code

 nc
 Carrier MARC source
 rdacarrier
 Content category
 text
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 txt
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Contents
 Innumeracy and math abuse  Statistics and damned lies  The mathematics of advertising  Intelligent dice  The law of zero return  Caveat emptor  The government figures  Living with risk  Geewhiz media math  The tip of the iceberg  Everybody is a mathematician  Street math  Annotated bibliography  Acknowledgments: The abuse detectives
 Control code
 ocm27106477
 Dimensions
 24 cm.
 Extent
 ix, 182 p.
 Isbn
 9780471577768
 Lccn
 92042173
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code

 n
 Other physical details
 ill.
 System control number

 (Sirsi) o27106477
 (OCoLC)27106477
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