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200% of Nothing: An Eye Opening Tour Through the Twists and Turns of Math Abuse and Innumeracy
200 of Nothing An Eye Opening Tour Through the Twists and Turns of Math Abuse and Innumeracy Author:A. K. Dewdney Acclaim for "In today's world, 'innumeracy' is an even greater danger than illiteracy, and is perhaps even more common. Advertisers and politicians exploit it; intellectuals (self-styled) even flaunt it. I hope that this wise and witty book will provide cures where they are possible, and warnings where they are necessary. "It's also a lot of... more » fun. I can guarantee that 100%."—Arthur C. Clarke "Dewdney retells with charm and wit magnificent morsels of mathematical mayhem discovered by his army of volunteer 'abuse detectives.' From 'sample trashing' to 'numerical terrorism,' from 'percentage pumping' to 'dimensional dementia,' 2000f Nothing plumbs the depths of innumeracy in daily life and reveals what ordinary people can do about it. A rich, readable, instructive, and persuasive book."—Lynn Arthur Steen, Professor of Mathematics, St. Olaf College« less
Another excellent entry in my "math is fun" list. In elementary school, I hated arithmetic; in college, I majored in math. It was people who thought as this author thinks, and who spoke clearly and enthusiastically about math, who showed me some of the many connections math has to real life, that changed my mind.