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How not to be wrong : the power of mathematical thinking, Jordan Ellenberg
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 Overview: 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 dothe 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 laymanminus 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
 Language
 eng
 Extent
 468 pages
 Contents

 When am I going to use this?
 Part I: Linearity. Less like Sweden ; Straight locally, curved globally ; Everyone is obese ; How much is that in dead Americans? ; More pie than plate
 Part II: Inference. The Baltimore stockbroker and the Bible Code ; Dead fish don't read minds ; Reductio ad unlikely ; The International journal of haruspicy ; Are you there, God? It's me, Bayesian inference
 Part III: Expectation. What to expect when you're expecting to win the lottery ; Miss more planes! ; Where the train tracks meet
 Part IV: Regression. The triumph of mediocrity ; Galton's ellipse ; Does lung cancer make you smoke cigarettes?
 Part V: Existence. There is no such thing as public opinion ; "Out of nothing I have created a strange new universe" ; How to be right
 Isbn
 9780143127536
 Label
 How not to be wrong : the power of mathematical thinking
 Title
 How not to be wrong
 Title remainder
 the power of mathematical thinking
 Statement of responsibility
 Jordan Ellenberg
 Title variation
 Power of mathematical thinking
 Language
 eng
 Summary
 Overview: 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 dothe 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 laymanminus 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
 Cataloging source
 YDXCP
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 1971
 http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
 Ellenberg, Jordan
 Dewey number
 510
 Illustrations
 illustrations
 Index
 index present
 LC call number
 QA99
 LC item number
 .E45 2015
 Literary form
 non fiction
 Nature of contents
 bibliography
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 Mathematics
 Mathematics
 Mathematics
 Mathematics
 MATHEMATICS / General
 Label
 How not to be wrong : the power of mathematical thinking, Jordan Ellenberg
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (pages 443457) and index
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 Contents
 When am I going to use this?  Part I: Linearity. Less like Sweden ; Straight locally, curved globally ; Everyone is obese ; How much is that in dead Americans? ; More pie than plate  Part II: Inference. The Baltimore stockbroker and the Bible Code ; Dead fish don't read minds ; Reductio ad unlikely ; The International journal of haruspicy ; Are you there, God? It's me, Bayesian inference  Part III: Expectation. What to expect when you're expecting to win the lottery ; Miss more planes! ; Where the train tracks meet  Part IV: Regression. The triumph of mediocrity ; Galton's ellipse ; Does lung cancer make you smoke cigarettes?  Part V: Existence. There is no such thing as public opinion ; "Out of nothing I have created a strange new universe" ; How to be right
 Control code
 ocn892041314
 Dimensions
 22 cm
 Extent
 468 pages
 Isbn
 9780143127536
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code
 n
 Other physical details
 illustrations
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 (Sirsi) i9780143127536
 (OCoLC)892041314
 Label
 How not to be wrong : the power of mathematical thinking, Jordan Ellenberg
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (pages 443457) and index
 Carrier category
 volume
 Carrier category code
 nc
 Carrier MARC source
 rdacarrier
 Content category
 text
 Content type code
 txt
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Contents
 When am I going to use this?  Part I: Linearity. Less like Sweden ; Straight locally, curved globally ; Everyone is obese ; How much is that in dead Americans? ; More pie than plate  Part II: Inference. The Baltimore stockbroker and the Bible Code ; Dead fish don't read minds ; Reductio ad unlikely ; The International journal of haruspicy ; Are you there, God? It's me, Bayesian inference  Part III: Expectation. What to expect when you're expecting to win the lottery ; Miss more planes! ; Where the train tracks meet  Part IV: Regression. The triumph of mediocrity ; Galton's ellipse ; Does lung cancer make you smoke cigarettes?  Part V: Existence. There is no such thing as public opinion ; "Out of nothing I have created a strange new universe" ; How to be right
 Control code
 ocn892041314
 Dimensions
 22 cm
 Extent
 468 pages
 Isbn
 9780143127536
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Media type code
 n
 Other physical details
 illustrations
 System control number

 (Sirsi) i9780143127536
 (OCoLC)892041314
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