Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathmatic Deception by Charles Seife
Like math? Or do you find math completely puzzling? Either way, this book will appeal to you.
Remember a few years back how it was reported that natural blondes would be extinct in the next couple of hundred years? Or how female competitive runners will soon out run their male competition? Now, do you remember how this was all proved to be completely wrong? Of course the reality (that it was all bunk) wasn’t as widely spread as the “news” – but how was this blatantly wrong “news” reported in the first place? That’s what this book explores: how numbers can be manipulated to say whatever you want them to say.
This is an easy read for the math lover and hater. It’s an easy to read book that explains through relevant and interesting stories. It will be an especially interesting read for those that were fascinated with the voting recounts of the 2000 election in Florida. If you enjoyed The Drunkard’s Walk you’ll really like this book.