BN.com Gift Guide

200 Percent of Nothing: An Eye-Opening Tour through the Twists and Turns of Math Abuse and Innumeracy

Overview

Acclaim for 200% of Nothing.

Marvelous, witty. . .. It is impossible to read this timely, important book without enjoyment and eye-opening enlightenment." —Martin Gardner.

"In today's world, 'innumeracy' is an even greater danger than illiteracy, and is perhaps even more common. Advertisers and politicians exploit it; intellectuals (self-styled) even flaunt it. I hope that this wise and witty book will provide cures where they are possible, and...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (30) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $19.95   
  • Used (29) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$19.95
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(80)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
BRAND NEW IN SHRINK WRAP. Book has slight shelf wear from storage(Similar to what you see at retail chains); otherwise the book is in excellent condition.

Ships from: Naperville, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Acclaim for 200% of Nothing.

Marvelous, witty. . .. It is impossible to read this timely, important book without enjoyment and eye-opening enlightenment." —Martin Gardner.

"In today's world, 'innumeracy' is an even greater danger than illiteracy, and is perhaps even more common. Advertisers and politicians exploit it; intellectuals (self-styled) even flaunt it. I hope that this wise and witty book will provide cures where they are possible, and warnings where they are necessary. "It's also a lot of fun. I can guarantee that 100%." —Arthur C. Clarke.

"Dewdney retells with charm and wit magnificent morsels of mathematical mayhem discovered by his army of volunteer 'abuse detectives.' From 'sample trashing' to 'numerical terrorism,' from 'percentage pumping' to 'dimensional dementia,' 200% of Nothing plumbs the depths of innumeracy in daily life and reveals what ordinary people can do about it. A rich, readable, instructive and persuasive book." —Lynn Arthur Steen, Professor of Mathematics, St. Olaf College

Dewdney lists the many ways we are manipulated with fancy mathematical footwork and faulty thinking in print ads, the news, company reports and product labels. He shows how to detect the full range of math abuses and defend against them. Packed with real-world examples, this book is based on Dewdney's articles on math abuse in Scientific American. Illustrations. $20,000.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Corporations, special-interest groups, government and the media deliberately misuse mathematics to sell products and propositions, charges Scientific American math columnist Dewdney. In an entertaining, stinging expose, he lashes advertisers, car salespeople, traffic safety officials, mutual fund-managers, lotteries, soft-drink manufacturers and others who pump up percentages and mangle ratios, charts and numerical logic. Aided by scores of examples. Dewdney punctures politicians who doctor figures to serve their purposes, reporters who distort statistics, alternative health practitioners who inflate their claimed cure rates. Happily, readers need only basic mathematics to follow his reasoning. After assessing the shocking ``innumeracy'' of today's students, Dewdney presents a brief self-defense course for readers who want to be mathematically streetwise. Illustrated. (May)
Library Journal
Comedian George Carlin, as the ``Hippie-Dippie Weatherman,'' comments on the media abuse of numbers when he says in his forecast, ``And now for some temperatures from around the nation: 58, 72, 85, 49, and 77.'' Dewdney (mathematics, Univ. of Western Ontario), whose articles in Scientific American were culled for this book, discusses this type of math abuse, as well as ``percentage pumping,'' ``irrational ratios,'' ` `compound blindness,'' ``filtering,'' and ``dimensional dementia.'' Dewdney's approach is similar to John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy (Hill & Wang, 1989) but delightfully more witty. Both books can be considered essential sources on math abuse, but Dewdney's less technical style is likely to appeal more to lay readers. Public school math teachers should also be able to use Dewdney's excellent examples in teaching math literacy. For all public and school libraries.-- Dale Farris, Groves, Tex.
Booknews
The author of Scientific American's Mathematical Recreations series for over eight years debunks a lot of deliberate and accidental misuse of mathematics in everyday life. Among his favorite targets are lotteries, cancer risks, and government finances. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471577768
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

A. K. Dewdney, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario. Well known for his popular "Mathematical Recreations" column, which ran in Scientific American for more than eight years, he is also the author of several books, including The Armchair Universe and The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Innumeracy and Math Abuse.

Statistics and Damned Lies.

The Mathematics of Advertising.

Intelligent Dice.

The Law of Zero Return.

Caveat Emptor.

The Government Figures.

Living with Risk.

Gee-Whiz Media Math.

The Tip of the Iceberg.

Everybody Is a Mathematician.

Street Math.

Annotated Bibliography.

Acknowledgments: The Abuse Detectives.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)