# [Reading] ➶ Once Upon A Number: The Hidden Mathematical Logic Of Stories ➽ John Allen Paulos – Tactical-player.co.uk

Mathematician John Allen Paulos Bravely Bridges The Scientific And Literary Cultures With This Amusing, Enlightening Look At Numbers And Stories If You Think Those Two Things Go Together Like A Horse And A Paperclip, As Allen Wryly Observes, You Only Have To Look At Phenomena Like The Bible Codes, The Stock Market S Ups And Downs, And The Clinton Sex Scandal To Begin To Understand The Hidden Bonds Between Them Put Simply, Mathematics Can Describe Everything That Happens, And Everything That Happens Contextualises Mathematics In Demonstrating This, Paulos Continues The Noble Numeracy Crusade He Began With A Mathematician Reads The Newspaper And Beyond Numeracy Perhaps The Most Compelling Thought Experiments In The Book Are Those Of The Statistics Of Stereotyping And Race Relations Paulos Shows, Mathematically, That Minority Status Makes Achieving Equality Extraordinarily Difficult If You Want To Keep Hold Of Your Comfortable Worldview, Don T Read Once Upon A Number But You Ll Be Missing Out On An Unforgettable Reminder Of What Chance, Coincidence And Odds Really Mean, Along With Several Valuable Life Lessons That May Help You Understand Lost Socks, Racism And Mistaken Identity Therese Littleton,What Two Things Could Be Different Than Numbers And Stories Numbers Are Abstract, Certain, And Eternal, But To Most Of Us Somewhat Dry And Bloodless Good Stories Are Full Of Life They Engage Our Emotions And Have Subtlety And Nuance, But They Lack Rigor And The Truths They Tell Are Elusive And Subject To Debate As Ways Of Understanding The World Around Us, Numbers And Stories Seem Almost Completely Incompatible Once Upon A Number Shows That Stories And Numbers Arent As Different As You Might Imagine, And In Fact They Have Surprising And Fascinating Connections The Concepts Of Logic And Probability Both Grew Out Of Intuitive Ideas About How Certain Situations Would Play Out Now, Logicians Are Inventing Ways To Deal With Real World Situations By Mathematical Meansby Acknowledging, For Instance, That Items That Are Mathematically Interchangeable May Not Be Interchangeable In A Story And Complexity Theory Looks At Both Number Strings And Narrative Strings In Remarkably Similar Terms Throughout, Renowned Author John Paulos Mixes Numbers And Narratives In His Own Delightful StyleAlong With Lucid Accounts Of Cutting Edge Information Theory We Get Hilarious Anecdotes And Jokes Instructions For Running A Truly Impressive Pyramid Scam A Freewheeling Conversation Between Groucho Marx And Bertrand Russell While Theyre Stuck In An Elevator Together Explanations Of Why The Statistical Evidence Against OJ Simpson Was Overwhelming Beyond Doubt And How The Unabombers Thinking Shows Signs Of Mathematical Training And Dozens Of Other Treats This Is Another Winner From Americas Favorite Mathematician

I am a mathematical psychologist, a term viewed by some as a contradiction in terms It is not certain that John Allen Paulo s book Once Upon A Number could have spared me some of the most embarrassing moments of my life but it sure would have helped.Being acutely aware of the irrational but real boundaries between people who think in terms of formula and

Some statistical and mathematical application is fascinating, and the book opens with some really interesting angles and examples I became disappointed as it seemed to run out of ideas, become very academic and in doing so lost my interest.It seemed to me the main objective had been to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and some good reading, which was acheiv

This book presents in a delightfully entertaining way the missed opportunities that result in the separation of quantitative and qualitative worlds It uses a series of anecdotes and stories to show that keeping these two worlds apart makes it all too easy to lie with statistics and influence with idle speculation about coincidence and chance The author suggests there a

I have never read a book about mathematics before, so this novel was very different from what I have previously read It was interesting, but I don t think I will read it again It was confusing when John Allen Paulos would bring some stories into the ideas and concepts of mathematics I just didn t get it at first However, after a while, I realized his reasoning for this I real

A load of fun if you love math and literature but wish you could see them together The author is quite clearly a mathematician, and you can feel how much fun he has with literary flourishes a full time writer would avoid out of fear of appearing too self indulgent.

Got bored Put it down It s somewhere in the house Not looking for it.

The author has a pompous, i know it all and have seen it all attitude that he carries throughout the entire book No, I have no idea what you are referring to as I did not grow up in the same era Not really a book for anyone under the age of thirty since most of the references will most likely go right over your head.

Depending on your mood and focus at the time this book most probably reads very easily or is dreadfully boring If so, you have not understood the book or you do not get it at all Nothing personal, and don t blame yourself Just join the club I am part of it too as I found myself swinging from one extreme to the other But, occasionally I found myself reaching the golden mean between the two and getting so