id: 02302537
dt: b
an: 1994f.02537
au: Dewdney, A.K.
ti: 200\% of nothing. An eye-opening tour through the twists and turns of math
abuse and innumeracy.
so: Wiley, New York, NY (ISBN 0-471-57776-6). 191 p. (1993).
py: 1993
pu: Wiley, New York, NY
la: EN
cc: F98
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ab: Siehe die Besprechung der deutschen Uebersetzung.
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ab: The first part of this book illustrates the most typical abuses of
mathematics with examples drawn from the real world. Each one
illustrates how a particular branch of mathematics is warped by
personal beliefs, public agendas, or corporate goals. The second part
of the book examines the areas of everyday life where abuse is
especially rampant: the media, gambling, politics, finance, commerce,
and advertising. The last chapter offers immediate remedies in the form
of light armor against the most common numerical slings and arrows. It
analyzes many of the examples and explains certain basic ideas and
procedures that must sooner or later inhabit every numerate mind.
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