Proofiness How You're Being Fooled by the Numbers

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-09-27
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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The bestselling author of "Zero" shows how mathematical misinformation pervades and shapes daily lives. "Proofiness," as Seife explains in this eye-opening book, is the art of using pure mathematics for impure ends, and he reminds readers that bad mathematics has a dark side.

Author Biography

Charles Seife is the author of several books, including Sun in a Bottle and Zero. His work has appeared in such publications as Science, The New York Times, New Scientist, Scientific American, The Economist, and Wired. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Proofinessp. 1
Phony Facts, Phony Figuresp. 7
RorschachÆs Demonp. 39
Risky Businessp. 67
Poll Catsp. 91
Electile Dysfunctionp. 125
An Unfair Votep. 167
Alternate Realitiesp. 199
Propaganda by the Numbersp. 223
Acknowledgmentsp. 243
Appendix A: Statistical Errorp. 245
Appendix B: Electronic Votingp. 251
Appendix C: The ProsecutorÆs Fallacyp. 257
Notesp. 261
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 287
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