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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?"
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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 ...