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For most of us, mathematics above the level of, say, x + y= z, is an arcane system that really doesn't tell us much about the world in which we really live. University of Wisconsin math professor and "Do the Math" Slate blogger Jordan Ellenberg is here to tell us that even in this imperfect realm, math acutely perceived does have meaningful everyday real-world applications. In a book that has been praised already by Publishers Weekly as "wry, accessible, and entertaining," he writes about numerical matters about everything from the Affordable Care Act, baseball, and stock predictions to why tall parents have short children. Sample chapter titles include "How Much Is It That in Dead Americans?" and "Does Lung Cancer Make You Smoke Cigarettes?"