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The Freakonomics of math—a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands

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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A cheery manifesto for the utility of mathematical thinking. Ellenberg's prose is a delight - informal and robust, irreverent yet serious... Full of simple yet deep insights that encourage clear thinking about many areas of modern life... How Not to Be Wrong is an impressive work of popular mathematics. It's low on formulae and numbers, and big on ideas (Alex Bellos The Guardian)

Underlying the playful stories that make this book so gloriously, surprisingly readable is a passionate argument for the core discipline of managing uncertainty in decision-making ... In short, we dismiss maths at our peril, and this book charmingly, persuasively puts us straight. If only they'd taught maths like this at school (James McConnachie Sunday Times)

There are plenty of popular maths books around, but this one strikes a particularly fine balance between rigour and accessibility. There are complex ideas here, but Ellenberg has a gift for finding real-life examples... His easy style is lucid and witty. If only all maths lessons were like this (Orlando Bird Financial Times)

The title of this wonderful book explains what it adds to the honorable genre of popular writing on mathematics. Like Lewis Carroll, George Gamow, and Martin Gardner before him, Jordan Ellenberg shows how mathematics can delight and stimulate the mind. But he also shows that mathematical thinking should be in the toolkit of every thoughtful person-of everyone who wants to avoid fallacies, superstitions, and other ways of being wrong (Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works)

Beautiful... Mr. Ellenberg's book is chock-full of gems. His easy-to-follow, humorously presented examples range from analyzing the wisdom of buying lottery tickets to the effects of chaos on weather forecasts, from tests on how Shakespeare used alliteration in his sonnets to the economic advantages of being late to flights (Wall Street Journal)

If you feel bamboozled by figures, you can think like a mathematician without actually being one. An engaging and clear explanation of some of the tricks of the trade, and how they help you spot errors of numerical reasoning in politics, religion, and finance. A gripping read! (Ian Stewart, author of Seventeen Equations that Changed the World)

Jordan Ellenberg promises to share ways of thinking that are both simple to grasp and profound in their implications, and he delivers in spades. These beautifully readable pages delight and enlighten in equal parts. Those who already love math will eat it up, and those who don't yet know how lovable math is are in for a most pleasurable surprise (Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex)

Brilliantly engaging... Ellenberg's talent for finding real-life situations that enshrine mathematical principles would be the envy of any math teacher. He presents these in fluid succession, like courses in a fine restaurant, taking care to make each insight shine through, unencumbered by jargon or notation. Part of the sheer intellectual joy of the book is watching the author leap nimbly from topic to topic... The final effect is of one enormous mosaic unified by mathematics (Washington Post)

With math as with anything else, there's smart, and then there's street smart. This book will help you be both. Fans of Freakonomics and The Signal and the Noise will love Ellenberg's surprising stories, snappy writing, and brilliant lessons in numerical savvy. How Not to Be Wrong is sharp, funny, and right (Steven Strogatz, author of The Joy of X)

Ellenberg writes with remarkable flair and humour. His deft, witty, colloquial prose often makes one laugh... So great are Jordan Ellenberg's gifts of exposition and insight that one hopes for many more books from him as excellent and entertaining as How Not To Be Wrong (Peter Pesic Times Literary Supplement)

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  • フォーマット: Kindle版
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  • 紙の本の長さ: 466 ページ
  • 出版社: Penguin Books (2014/5/29)
  • 販売: Amazon Services International, Inc.
  • 言語: 英語
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A great book about math for those with little math, except maybe something in high school.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 "Mathematics is the extension of common sense by other means." 2014/5/30
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I run across a lot of books that I add to my to-be-read list and then forget about until after their publication dates or I stumble upon the book in the library or bookstore. How Not to Be Wrong was initially one of those books, but it sounded so good that I found myself obsessively thinking about it and started a search for a pre-publication copy. Since I'm not a librarian, didn't win a copy via First Reads, and don't have friends at Penguin Press, it took some time and effort, but having procured a copy and read it, I can say that it was well worth my time and $6.00. How Not to Be Wrong is a catchy title, but for me, this book is really about the subtitle, The Power of Mathematical Thinking.

Ellenberg deftly explains why mathematics is important, gives the reader myriad examples applicable to our own lives, and also tells us what math can't do. He writes, “Mathematics is the extension of common sense by other means”, and proceeds to expound upon an incredible number of interesting subjects and how mathematics can help us better understand these topics, such as obesity, economics, reproducibility, the lottery, error-correcting codes, and the existence (or not) of God. He writes in a compelling, explanatory way that I think anyone with an interest in mathematics and/or simply understanding things more completely will be able to grasp. Ellenberg writes “Do the Math” for Slate, and it's evident in his column and this book that he knows how to explain mathematical ideas to non-mathematicians, and even more so, seems to enjoy doing so with great enthusiasm. I won't pretend that I understood everything discussed in this book, but it's such an excellent book that I also bought the hardcover (so I have an index which my pre-pub copy does not), and reread the book so I do have a much more thorough understanding. I've wished for a book like this for a long time, and I'd like to thank Jordan Ellenberg for writing it for me!
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5つ星のうち 5.0 reading "How Not to be Wrong" will not disappoint. You may not loose weight 2016/9/16
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This book is a revelation...remarkably informative and well written. Given today's broad range of choices for self-improvement activities, reading "How Not to be Wrong" will not disappoint. You may not loose weight, increase your memory or learn to speak Mandarin, but you will learn how to better judge the claims made by those who would promise such benefits, and much, much more. Such a treasure should never be ignored. Quick! Get a copy and see the world around you, from election results to sports stats to claims of medical benefits, in a new and richer light. But be forewarned: you may find yourself glancing through your college math texts again!
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5つ星のうち 4.0 He makes math fun, until he doesn't 2015/2/2
投稿者 Bruce Watson - (Amazon.com)
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Ellenberg is a witty and very readable writer. He makes math fun, until he doesn't. Some of the statistical analyses go on a bit long and are only for the initiated, but overall, this book is a clever and valuable contribution to understanding statistical thinking. Not math in general, despite the title. Not calculus or theory but statistics and how they are used and misused.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Among the most engaging, entertaining, and enlightening non-fiction books I've read 2017/3/19
投稿者 James M. Kangas - (Amazon.com)
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As someone who took a lot of math courses in college (not always doing very well, but always being intrigued), this book was absolutely in my wheelhouse and even better, it was more engaging than many novels that I've read. I was constantly chuckling and snickering at the many revelations and stories that were shared. I thought the majority of it was easy to understand (perhaps not always easy to accept) but I suspect some will lack the self confidence to read it - I hope these folks are not put off. At the end he has a brief section on the many people who abandon mathematics because they think they are not "gifted" or "genius" enough, and pleads the case that we all need to be mathematicians. So I guess I am exonerated. There are several stories of people who pursued a question for their life, only to have it advanced by the next generation. So interesting that many of these questions arose from real world questions and concerns and not so much from abstract noodling.

I agree to an extent with some reviews that for a serious mathematician who might read textbooks, this isn't as systematic and direct as it might be, but on the other hand, I thought the writing was among the best and most engaging for non-fiction that I've seen. If you might fit in this picture and are willing to open up your imagination a bit, I think you'll find this book as entertaining and enlightening as I did.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 I really enjoy this genre of books 2017/5/28
投稿者 Lewis S. Norman - (Amazon.com)
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I really enjoy this genre of books. I am an engineer and have often been disappointed with most adult Americans who are not well educated is basic everyday mathematics-oriented life. Probabilities and statistics are elementary needs if one is to understand today's world. Even Newspapers such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, Atlanta Constitution, LA Times, and many more run articles that are missing data to support their positions. Where are the editorial staffs? Well-written, valuable book.
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