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The Resource How not to be wrong : the power of mathematical thinking, Jordan Ellenberg

How not to be wrong : the power of mathematical thinking, Jordan Ellenberg

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
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
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 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 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 non-Euclidean 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 atomic-powered 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
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YDXCP
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1971-
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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
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ftp://ppftpuser:welcome@ftp01.penguingroup.com/BooksellersandMedia/Covers/2008_2009_New_Covers/9781594205224.jpg
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 443-457) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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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
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780143127536
  • (OCoLC)892041314
Label
How not to be wrong : the power of mathematical thinking, Jordan Ellenberg
Link
ftp://ppftpuser:welcome@ftp01.penguingroup.com/BooksellersandMedia/Covers/2008_2009_New_Covers/9781594205224.jpg
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 443-457) 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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