0
Your cart

Your cart is empty

Browse All departments
  • All departments
Price
  • R100 - R250 (4)
  • R250 - R500 (5)
  • -
Status
Brand

Showing 1 - 9 of 9 matches in All departments

Innumeracy - Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences (Paperback, New Ed): John Allen Paulos Innumeracy - Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences (Paperback, New Ed)
John Allen Paulos
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) In stock

With a sound grasp of statistics, we can dramatically improve our understanding of everything from the weather forecast to our chances at poker. The world then becomes a far less random and fearful place. John Allen Paulos brings together many intriguing and practical examples to reveal the inherent beauty and power of mathematics - and to put the fun back into facts and figures.

Mathematics and Humor (Paperback, New edition): John Allen Paulos Mathematics and Humor (Paperback, New edition)
John Allen Paulos
R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

John Allen Paulos cleverly scrutinizes the mathematical structures of jokes, puns, paradoxes, spoonerisms, riddles, and other forms of humor, drawing examples from such sources as Rabelais, Shakespeare, James Beattie, Rene Thom, Lewis Carroll, Arthur Koestler, W. C. Fields, and Woody Allen.
Jokes, paradoxes, riddles, and the art of non-sequitur are revealed with great perception and insight in this illuminating account of the relationship between humor and mathematics.--Joseph Williams, New York Times
'Leave your mind alone, ' said a Thurber cartoon, and a really complete and convincing analysis of what humour is might spoil all jokes forever. This book avoids that danger. What it does. . .is describe broadly several kinds of mathematical theory and apply them to throw sidelights on how many kinds of jokes work.--New Scientist
Many scholars nowadays write seriously about the ludicrous. Some merely manage to be dull. A few--like Paulos--are brilliant in an odd endeavor.--Los Angeles Times Book Review

Innumeracy - Mathematical Illiteracy And Its Consequences (Paperback): John Allen Paulos Innumeracy - Mathematical Illiteracy And Its Consequences (Paperback)
John Allen Paulos
R311 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R55 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"[An] elegant ... Survival Manual ... Brief, witty and full of practical applications." - Stefan Kanfer, Time

Why do even well-educated people understand so little about mathematics? And what are the costs of our innumeracy? John Allen Paulos, in his celebrated bestseller first published in 1988, argues that our inability to deal rationally with very large numbers and the probabilities associated with them results in misinformed governmental policies, confused personal decisions, and an increased susceptibility to pseudoscience of all kinds. Innumeracy lets us know what we're missing, and how we can do something about it.

Sprinkling his discussion of numbers and probabilities with quirky stories and anecdotes, Paulos ranges freely over many aspects of modern life, from contested elections to sports stats, from stock scams and newspaper psychics to diet and medical claims, sex discrimination, insurance, lotteries, and drug testing. Readers of Innumeracy will be rewarded with scores of astonishing facts, a fistful of powerful ideas, and, most important, a clearer, more quantitative way of looking at their world.

I Think, Therefore I Laugh - The Flip Side of Philosophy (Paperback, revised edition): John Allen Paulos I Think, Therefore I Laugh - The Flip Side of Philosophy (Paperback, revised edition)
John Allen Paulos
R428 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R80 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The preeminent explicator of mathematical logic to non-mathematicians, John Allen Paulos is familiar to general readers not only from his bestselling books but also from his media appearances, including The David Letterman Show and National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" and "Science Friday," as well as articles in "Newsweek, Nature, Discover, Business Week, the New York Times Book Review, The Nation, New York Review of Books, " and "The London Review of Books."

Paulos originally wrote this charming little book on analytic logic, its mathematics, and its puzzles in 1985. And as in his later books, he uses jokes, stories, parables, and anecdotes to elucidate difficult concepts, in this case, some of the fundamental problems in modern philosophy.

Irreligion - A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up (Paperback): John Allen Paulos Irreligion - A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up (Paperback)
John Allen Paulos
R268 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R17 (6%) Out of stock

Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? The mathematician and bestselling author John Allen Paulos thinks not. In "Irreligion" he presents the case for his own world view, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence. Interspersed among these counterarguments are remarks on a variety of irreligious themes, ranging from the nature of miracles and creationist probability to cognitive illusions and prudential wagers. Special attention is paid to topics, arguments, and questions that spring from his incredulity 'not only about religion but also about others' credulity'. Despite the strong influence of his day job, Paulos says, there isn't a single mathematical formula in the book.

A Numerate Life - A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours (Paperback): John Allen Paulos A Numerate Life - A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours (Paperback)
John Allen Paulos
R352 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R59 (17%) Out of stock

Employing intuitive ideas from mathematics, this quirky "meta-memoir" raises questions about our lives that most of us don't think to ask, but arguably should: What part of memory is reliable fact, what part creative embellishment? Which favorite presuppositions are unfounded, which statistically biased? By conjoining two opposing mindsets--the suspension of disbelief required in storytelling and the skepticism inherent in the scientific method--bestselling mathematician John Allen Paulos has created an unusual hybrid, a composite of personal memories and mathematical approaches to re-evaluating them. Entertaining vignettes from Paulos's biography abound--ranging from a bullying math teacher and a fabulous collection of baseball cards to romantic crushes, a grandmother's petty larceny, and his quite unintended role in getting George Bush elected president in 2000. These vignettes serve as springboards to many telling perspectives: simple arithmetic puts life-long habits in a dubious new light; higher dimensional geometry helps us see that we're all rather peculiar; nonlinear dynamics explains the narcissism of small differences cascading into very different siblings; logarithms and exponentials yield insight on why we tend to become bored and jaded as we age; and there are tricks and jokes, probability and coincidences, and much more. For fans of Paulos or newcomers to his work, this witty commentary on his life--and yours--is fascinating reading.

A Mathematician Plays the Market (Paperback): John Allen Paulos A Mathematician Plays the Market (Paperback)
John Allen Paulos
R285 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R57 (20%) Out of stock

Can a renowned mathematician successfully outwit the stock market? Not when his biggest investment is WorldCom. This text tells the story of how John Allen Paulos gambled - and lost - in his calamitous attempts to make a fortune on the stock market.

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper - Making Sense of the Numbers in the Headlines (Paperback): John Allen Paulos A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper - Making Sense of the Numbers in the Headlines (Paperback)
John Allen Paulos
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Out of stock

From crime figures to health scares, election polls to stock market forecasts, numbers make the news all the time. But are they accurate? John Allen Paulos, travels through the pages of an average newspaper, revealing how mathematics is at the heart of the articles we read every day - even horoscopes and the sports pages - and how often they mislead us. By understanding simple concepts such as probability, chaos theory and game theory, you'll be able to see through faulty statistics, stock market forecasters and conspiracy theorists - and make the figures truly add up.

Beyond Numeracy - Ruminations of a Numbers Man (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books ed): John Allen Paulos Beyond Numeracy - Ruminations of a Numbers Man (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books ed)
John Allen Paulos
R305 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R61 (20%) Out of stock

From the author of the national bestseller Innumeracy, a delightful exploration and explanation of mathematical concepts from algebra to zero in easily accessible alphabetical entries. "Paulos . . . does for mathematics what The Joy of Sex did for the boudoir. . . ."--Washington Post Book World. First time in paperback.

Free Delivery
Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+
You may like...
Funko Mystery Mini Box - Spider-Man…
 (2)
R159 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490
Loot
Nadine Gordimer Paperback  (2)
R325 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740
Bostik Super Clear Tape Value Pack (12mm…
R32 Discovery Miles 320
Port-Bag Ekono Toolbox (40cm)
R250 R99 Discovery Miles 990
Carriwell Maternity/Hospital Panties (2…
R53 Discovery Miles 530
Kingsons Valentine Series Shoulder Bag…
 (2)
R551 Discovery Miles 5 510
Spectra S2 Hospital Grade Double…
 (4)
R3,299 R2,899 Discovery Miles 28 990
Loot
Nadine Gordimer Paperback  (2)
R325 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740
Funko Pint Size Heroes: Guardians of The…
 (1)
R99 R59 Discovery Miles 590
Loot
Nadine Gordimer Paperback  (2)
R325 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740

 

Partners