Our world has become more complicated, and the notion of growth at any cost has led to constant economic uncertainty, a permanently stressed-out workforce, and everyday stories of government and corporate corruption. John K. White argues that a better knowledge of basic systems is needed to understand the world we live in, and one place to start is with counting and mathematics. Without an understanding of mathematics, we make poor personal financial choices, and we can't make the important decisions about government bailouts, oil supplies, or global warming. Do the Math! uses creative examplesborrowing liberally from the anecdotal and the academic, from literature and the newspaper, and from the stock market and the casinoto provide a thought-provoking guide to better understanding the world around us.
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About the Author
John K. White (Ph.D.) has a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a Ph.D. from University College, Dublin in Applied Physics. Currently, he is a lecturer and Research Fellow at University College, Dublin. However, over the past 25 years, he has also worked as Project Manager and Technical Writer for Sun Microsystems, as a Computational Analysis/Technical Writer for Berminghammer Foundation, Consultant for Interactive Image Technologies for Scotia Bank, and Programmer/Computational analyst for the Ontario Government. He has a wide range of interests and is also active in promoting science and physics in secondary schools. He has published widely in a range of areas in academic journals, has contributed chapters to edited volumes, and has authored a number of technical publications.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The doubling game: From Thomas Malthus to Bernie MadoffChapter 2. She told two friends and they told two friends and they told two friends and...Chapter 3. The mathematics of change: A new world modelChapter 4. Fairness and uncertainty: Who watches the watchers?Chapter 5. Statistics made simple: The science of weightingChapter 6. A case for correlation: Sampling and inference from Shakespeare to death row to sports competitivenessChapter 7. Counting and computers: From Boole to Google and backChapter 8. Who to believe? Numbers and the art of deceptionChapter 9. Two kinds of people: Those who divide and those who don'tChapter 10. How to get along: Be nice, clear your iceChapter 11. Cooperation: The art and science of agreementChapter 12. The roots of economic disaster: Making money from money