Innumeracy, Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:1988 - Hull and Wang
By: John Allen Paulos
Innumeracy - the mathematical counterpart of illiteracy - is a disease that has ravaged our technological society. To combat this terrible disease, John Allen Paulos has concocted the perfect vaccine: this book, which is in many ways better than an entire high school math education! Our society would be unimaginably different if the average person truly understood the ideas in this marvelous and important little book. It is probably hopelessly optimistic to dream this way, but I hope that Innumeracy might help launch a revolution in math education that would do for innumeracy what Sabin and Salk did for polio.