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Jordan Ellenberg is an American Mathematician and is currently the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was born in 1971 and grew up in Potomac, Maryland. Both of his parents were statisticians, which may have helped Ellenberg excel show more in mathematics from a young age. He competed for the U. S. in the International Mathematical Olympiad three times, winning two gold medals and a silver. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1993, Ellenberg obtained a master's degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. He then returned to Harvard to complete his Ph.D. in math. Ellenberg has written both fiction and non-fiction. His novel, The Grasshopper King, was a finalist for the New York Library Young Lions Fiction Award in 2004. He has been writing about math for a general audience for a number of years, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. He also occasionally writes a column entitled "Do the Math" for the on-line magazine Slate. His book, How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking was named to multiple bestseller lists. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Если вы, как и гипотетическая студентка в начале этой книги, иногда задаетесь вопросом «Зачем нужно учить все эти логарифмы и интегралы, неужели все это в жизни потребуется?», то вам стоит ее прочесть. Потому что автор показывает, где и как математика, а вернее, умение рассуждать математически, приходит на помощь в реальном мире обывателя. Впрочем, добавляет он, наиболее востребованных во взрослой жизни разделов в школе как раз и не преподают (да и в большинстве вузов лишь мимоходом): речь о теории вероятности и статистике. Что прискорбно, ибо и СМИ, и политики любят бомбардировать людей статистикой и прогнозами, которые трудно воспринимать критически. Однако теперь книга Элленберга, написанная с хорошим юмором (да, математикам он совсем не чужд) и парадоксальными на первый взгляд примерами из окружающей действительности, позволит не только лучше разбираться в происходящем, но и даст немало возможностей продемонстрировать приятелям в баре, какие они, в сущности, двоечники.… (more)
Den85 | 32 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
Really good overview of some critical thinking problems, most closely related to statistics (although Euclid comes into it). Good examples of faulty thinking and interesting discussions of regression NOT a good book for audio.
brianstagner | 32 other reviews | Sep 11, 2023 |
A popular entry in the category, mathematics for the uninformed, this one addresses many of the usual intellectual problems, e.g. regression to the mean, the law of large numbers, what a p value means, expected value, etc. I think most readers with a technical education will be familiar with all the "answers", so what's so good about this book? The author writes well, he does not avoid the use of some mathematical symbols and graphs, and, both a strength and a weakness, he does not tell a straight story, but mixes related concepts and different historical figures together to perhaps make the chapters more approachable.… (more)
markm2315 | 32 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |
I was the student who got lost on the first day of geometry class in high school and never got found again. I was glad to find this book, because I thought maybe it would fill in the missing pieces of my geometric education; for example, I thought it would explain to me, in simple terms, why I should care about geometry (admittedly, there is some of that in the last chapter). Renowned mathematician Jordan Ellenberg begins with a section that quotes Wordsworth, and I thought, good! I am in familiar territory! Yet the rest of the book is a highly technical look at earthly phenomena such as pandemics, elections, and artificial intelligence to name a few. I got to the end, but I didn't absorb much.

I'm not sure for whom this book was written, but I am sure it wasn't written for me.
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akblanchard | 6 other reviews | Mar 13, 2023 |



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