John Allen Paulos
(born July 4, 1945) is a professor of mathematics at Temple University in Philadelphia who has gained fame as a writer and speaker on mathematics and the importance of mathematical literacy. His book Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences
(1988) was an influential bestseller and A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper
(1995) extended the critique. He has also written on other subjects, such as the mathematical and philosophical basis of humor in Mathematics and Humor
and I Think, Therefore I Laugh
, the vagaries of the stock market in A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market
, quantitative aspects of narrative in Once Upon a Number
, and the emptiness of the arguments for God in Irreligion
. "Who's Counting"
... his long-running monthly column on ABCNews.com ... deals with mathematical aspects of stories in the news.