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Proofiness : How You're Being Fooled by the Numbers
by Charles Seife


Overview - From the author of Zero , comes this "admirable salvo against quantitative bamboozlement by the media and the government" ( The Boston Globe )

In Zero , Charles Seife presented readers with a thrilling account of the strangest number known to humankind.  Read more...


 
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Overview
From the author of Zero, comes this "admirable salvo against quantitative bamboozlement by the media and the government" (The Boston Globe)

In Zero, Charles Seife presented readers with a thrilling account of the strangest number known to humankind. Now he shows readers how the power of skewed metrics-or "proofiness"- is being used to alter perception in both amusing and dangerous ways. Proofiness is behind such bizarre stories as a mathematical formula for the perfect butt and sprinters who can run faster than the speed of sound. But proofiness also has a dark side: bogus mathematical formulas used to undermine our democracy-subverting our justice system, fixing elections, and swaying public opinion with lies. By doing the real math, Seife elegantly and good-humoredly scrutinizes our growing obsession with metrics while exposing those who misuse them.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780143120070
  • ISBN-10: 0143120077
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: September 2011
  • Page Count: 295
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds


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