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How Not to Be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life

How Not to Be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life
Read date: Feb 2019

How Not to Be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life by Jordan Ellenberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four and a half stars, plus or minus half a star (to stay with the spirit of the book itself).

A delightful survey of a diverse array of subjects, showing how mathematics is important in our discussions in everyday life, from politics to podiatry. At the bottom, a lot of it comes down to logic and to numbers, and our ability to understand what’s going on is greatly aided by the wise words and examples that Jordan Ellenberg uses. Great discussions about p-values, about what use geometry is in our real lives, about how the Supreme Court makes its decisions, and more.

Loved it. Half a star off for the election rules discussion at the end – too much detail for even me to care about, and I really actually do care about it quite a lot.

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