Paulos, John Allen
Overview
Works:  60 works in 450 publications in 12 languages and 17,550 library holdings 

Genres:  Popular works Fiction Satirical literature Mathematical fiction Novellas Humor Biography Autobiographies Science fiction Dictionaries 
Roles:  Author 
Classifications:  QA699, 510 
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Most widely held works about
John Allen Paulos
 A numerate life : a mathematician explores the vagaries of life, his own and probably yours by John Allen Paulos( Book )
 A numerate life : a mathematician explores the vagaries of life, his own and probably ytours by John Allen Paulos( )
 A mathematician plays the stock market by John Allen Paulos( Book )
 La vida es matemática : las ecuaciones que explican los avatares de nuestra biografía by John Allen Paulos( Book )
 A mathematician reads the newspaper by John Allen Paulos( )
Most widely held works by
John Allen Paulos
Innumeracy : mathematical illiteracy and its consequences by
John Allen Paulos(
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69 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 3,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An analysis of the follies that arise from a lack of understanding of science and mathematics
69 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 3,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An analysis of the follies that arise from a lack of understanding of science and mathematics
A mathematician reads the newspaper by
John Allen Paulos(
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37 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author examines the role of mathematics in understanding social issues
37 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author examines the role of mathematics in understanding social issues
Beyond numeracy : ruminations of a numbers man by
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27 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Danish and held by 1,982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book is in part a dictionary, in part a collection of short mathematical essays, and in part the ruminations of a numbers man. Although it contains many entries (brief essays) arranged in alphabetical order and depicting a broad range of mathematical topics, the book differs from a standard dictionary in that its entries are less comprehensive, longer, and in some cases quite unconventional."Introduction
27 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Danish and held by 1,982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book is in part a dictionary, in part a collection of short mathematical essays, and in part the ruminations of a numbers man. Although it contains many entries (brief essays) arranged in alphabetical order and depicting a broad range of mathematical topics, the book differs from a standard dictionary in that its entries are less comprehensive, longer, and in some cases quite unconventional."Introduction
Once upon a number : the hidden mathematical logic of stories by
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45 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beside lucid accounts of cuttingedge information theory we get hilarious anecdotes and jokes; instructions for running a truly impressive pyramid scam as well as a new religious hoax; a freewheeling conversation between Groucho Marx and Bertrand Russell; explanations of why the mundane facts of the O.J. Simpson case are overwhelmingly incriminating; how the Unabomber's thinking shows signs of mathematical training; why we're much more likely to feel aggrieved than aggrieving; and dozens of other treats
45 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beside lucid accounts of cuttingedge information theory we get hilarious anecdotes and jokes; instructions for running a truly impressive pyramid scam as well as a new religious hoax; a freewheeling conversation between Groucho Marx and Bertrand Russell; explanations of why the mundane facts of the O.J. Simpson case are overwhelmingly incriminating; how the Unabomber's thinking shows signs of mathematical training; why we're much more likely to feel aggrieved than aggrieving; and dozens of other treats
A mathematician plays the stock market by
John Allen Paulos(
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34 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offers a mathematical perspective on the stock market and the human dream of wealth, covering such topics as data mining, momentum investing, the Elliot Wave Theory, and Warren Buffet's fundamental analysis
34 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offers a mathematical perspective on the stock market and the human dream of wealth, covering such topics as data mining, momentum investing, the Elliot Wave Theory, and Warren Buffet's fundamental analysis
Mathematics and humor by
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36 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Allen Paulos cleverly scrutinizes the mathematical structures of jokes, puns, paradoxes, spoonerisms, riddles, and other forms of humor, drawing examples from such sources as Rabelais, Shakespeare, James Beattie, Rene Thom, Lewis Carroll, Arthur Koestler, W.C. Fields, and Woody Allen
36 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Allen Paulos cleverly scrutinizes the mathematical structures of jokes, puns, paradoxes, spoonerisms, riddles, and other forms of humor, drawing examples from such sources as Rabelais, Shakespeare, James Beattie, Rene Thom, Lewis Carroll, Arthur Koestler, W.C. Fields, and Woody Allen
Irreligion : a mathematician explains why the arguments for God just don't add up by
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11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Mathematician Paulos thinks not. Here he presents the case for his own worldview, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence. Interspersed among his twelve counterarguments are remarks on a variety of irreligious themes, ranging from the nature of miracles and creationist probability to cognitive illusions and prudential wagers. Special attention is paid to topics, arguments, and questions that spring from his incredulity "not only about religion but also about others' credulity." Despite the strong influence of his day job, Paulos says, there isn't a single mathematical formula in the book.From publisher description
11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Mathematician Paulos thinks not. Here he presents the case for his own worldview, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence. Interspersed among his twelve counterarguments are remarks on a variety of irreligious themes, ranging from the nature of miracles and creationist probability to cognitive illusions and prudential wagers. Special attention is paid to topics, arguments, and questions that spring from his incredulity "not only about religion but also about others' credulity." Despite the strong influence of his day job, Paulos says, there isn't a single mathematical formula in the book.From publisher description
I think, therefore I laugh : an alternative approach to philosophy by
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18 editions published between 1985 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The preeminent explicator of mathematical logic to nonmathematicians, John Allen Paulos is familiar to general readers not only from his bestselling books but also from his media appearances, including The David Letterman Show and National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" and "Science Friday," as well as articles in Newsweek, Nature, Discover, Business Week, the New York Times Book Review, The Nation, New York Review of Books, and The London Review of Books
18 editions published between 1985 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The preeminent explicator of mathematical logic to nonmathematicians, John Allen Paulos is familiar to general readers not only from his bestselling books but also from his media appearances, including The David Letterman Show and National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" and "Science Friday," as well as articles in Newsweek, Nature, Discover, Business Week, the New York Times Book Review, The Nation, New York Review of Books, and The London Review of Books
I think, therefore I laugh : the flip side of philosophy by
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22 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wittgenstein once remarked that 'a serious and good philosophical work could be written that consisted entirely of jokes'. Inspired by this idea, John Allen Paulos shows how conceptual humour and analytic philosophy resonate at a very deep level. Both evince a keen concern for language and its (mis)interpretations; both require a free intelligence in a relatively open society, as well as a sceptical tendency towards debunking; and both are quintessentially human. "I Think, Therefore I Laugh" is packed with jokes, stories, parables, puzzles and anecdotes, all of which relate in one way or another to various philosophical problems, leading to some unexpected insights.  From http://www.amazon.co.uk (Sep. 26, 2012)
22 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wittgenstein once remarked that 'a serious and good philosophical work could be written that consisted entirely of jokes'. Inspired by this idea, John Allen Paulos shows how conceptual humour and analytic philosophy resonate at a very deep level. Both evince a keen concern for language and its (mis)interpretations; both require a free intelligence in a relatively open society, as well as a sceptical tendency towards debunking; and both are quintessentially human. "I Think, Therefore I Laugh" is packed with jokes, stories, parables, puzzles and anecdotes, all of which relate in one way or another to various philosophical problems, leading to some unexpected insights.  From http://www.amazon.co.uk (Sep. 26, 2012)
Irreligion : a mathematician explains why the arguments for God just don't add up by
John Allen Paulos(
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11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Mathematician Paulos thinks not. Here he presents the case for his own worldview, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence. Interspersed among his twelve counterarguments are remarks on a variety of irreligious themes, ranging from the nature of miracles and creationist probability to cognitive illusions and prudential wagers. Special attention is paid to topics, arguments, and questions that spring from his incredulity "not only about religion but also about others' credulity." Despite the strong influence of his day job, Paulos says, there isn't a single mathematical formula in the book.From publisher description
11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Mathematician Paulos thinks not. Here he presents the case for his own worldview, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence. Interspersed among his twelve counterarguments are remarks on a variety of irreligious themes, ranging from the nature of miracles and creationist probability to cognitive illusions and prudential wagers. Special attention is paid to topics, arguments, and questions that spring from his incredulity "not only about religion but also about others' credulity." Despite the strong influence of his day job, Paulos says, there isn't a single mathematical formula in the book.From publisher description
El hombre anúmerico : el analfabetismo matemático y sus consecuencias by
John Allen Paulos(
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18 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in Spanish and Catalan and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
18 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in Spanish and Catalan and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Von Algebra bis Zufall : Streifzüge durch die Mathematik by
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1 edition published in 1992 in German and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1 edition published in 1992 in German and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ich lache, also bin ich : Einladung zur Philosophie by
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3 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in German and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in German and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Innumeracy by
John Allen Paulos(
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4 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Deals with society's inability to handle comfortably numbers, probabilities, logic, and other basic notions of math
4 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Deals with society's inability to handle comfortably numbers, probabilities, logic, and other basic notions of math
Más allá de los números : meditaciones de un matemático by
John Allen Paulos(
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6 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in Spanish and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
6 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in Spanish and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Innumeracy & beyond : ruminations of a numbers man(
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4 editions published in 1992 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Allen Paulos, author of Innumeracy and Beyond Numeracy, discusses his books, as well as his philosophy of mathematics and approach to teaching. He shares his thoughts on numeracy and understanding the thinking behind the solution to mathematical problems
4 editions published in 1992 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Allen Paulos, author of Innumeracy and Beyond Numeracy, discusses his books, as well as his philosophy of mathematics and approach to teaching. He shares his thoughts on numeracy and understanding the thinking behind the solution to mathematical problems
Flatland : a romance of many dimensions by
Edwin Abbott Abbott(
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1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Narrated by A. Square, Flatland is Edwin A. Abbott's delightful mathematical fantasy about life in a twodimensional world. All existence is limited to length and breadth in Flatland, its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension. Abbott's amiable narrator provides an overview of this fantastic worldits physics and metaphysics, its history, customs, and religious beliefs. But when a strange visitor mysteriously appears and transports the incredulous Flatlander to the Land of Three Dimensions, his worldview is forever shattered
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Narrated by A. Square, Flatland is Edwin A. Abbott's delightful mathematical fantasy about life in a twodimensional world. All existence is limited to length and breadth in Flatland, its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension. Abbott's amiable narrator provides an overview of this fantastic worldits physics and metaphysics, its history, customs, and religious beliefs. But when a strange visitor mysteriously appears and transports the incredulous Flatlander to the Land of Three Dimensions, his worldview is forever shattered
La prova matematica dell'inesistenza di Dio by
John Allen Paulos(
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5 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in Italian and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
5 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in Italian and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
De gecijferde mens : overpeinzingen van een getallenman by
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1 edition published in 1992 in Dutch and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Zeventig korte opstellen over wiskunde en wiskundige fenomenen, geschreven vanuit een nietwiskundig standpunt
1 edition published in 1992 in Dutch and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Zeventig korte opstellen over wiskunde en wiskundige fenomenen, geschreven vanuit een nietwiskundig standpunt
A numerate life : a mathematician explores the vagaries of life, his own and probably ytours by
John Allen Paulos(
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3 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Employing intuitive ideas from mathematics, this quirky "metamemoir" raises questions about our lives that most of us don't think to ask, but arguably should: What part of memory is reliable fact, what part creative embellishment? Which favorite presuppositions are unfounded, which statistically biased? By conjoining two opposing mindsetsthe suspension of disbelief required in storytelling and the skepticism inherent in the scientific methodbestselling mathematician John Allen Paulos has created an unusual hybrid, a composite of personal memories and mathematical approaches to reevaluating them.Entertaining vignettes from Paulos's biography aboundranging from a bullying math teacher and a fabulous collection of baseball cards to romantic crushes, a grandmother's petty larceny, and his quite unintended role in getting George Bush elected president in 2000. These vignettes serve as springboards to many telling perspectives: simple arithmetic puts lifelong habits in a dubious new light; higher dimensional geometry helps us see that we're all rather peculiar; nonlinear dynamics explains the narcissism of small differences cascading into very different siblings; logarithms and exponentials yield insight on why we tend to become bored and jaded as we age; and there are tricks and jokes, probability and coincidences, and much more.For fans of Paulos or newcomers to his work, this witty commentary on his lifeand yoursis fascinating listening
3 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Employing intuitive ideas from mathematics, this quirky "metamemoir" raises questions about our lives that most of us don't think to ask, but arguably should: What part of memory is reliable fact, what part creative embellishment? Which favorite presuppositions are unfounded, which statistically biased? By conjoining two opposing mindsetsthe suspension of disbelief required in storytelling and the skepticism inherent in the scientific methodbestselling mathematician John Allen Paulos has created an unusual hybrid, a composite of personal memories and mathematical approaches to reevaluating them.Entertaining vignettes from Paulos's biography aboundranging from a bullying math teacher and a fabulous collection of baseball cards to romantic crushes, a grandmother's petty larceny, and his quite unintended role in getting George Bush elected president in 2000. These vignettes serve as springboards to many telling perspectives: simple arithmetic puts lifelong habits in a dubious new light; higher dimensional geometry helps us see that we're all rather peculiar; nonlinear dynamics explains the narcissism of small differences cascading into very different siblings; logarithms and exponentials yield insight on why we tend to become bored and jaded as we age; and there are tricks and jokes, probability and coincidences, and much more.For fans of Paulos or newcomers to his work, this witty commentary on his lifeand yoursis fascinating listening
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Alternative Names
Allen Paulos, John
Allen Paulos, John 1945
John Allen Paulos Amerikaans wiskundige
John Allen Paulos amerikansk matematikar
John Allen Paulos amerikansk matematiker
John Allen Paulos matemàtic estatunidenc
John Allen Paulos matematician american
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John Allen Paulos matematico statunitense
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جان آلن پائلوس
جان آلن پائلوس ریاضیدان آمریکایی
존 앨런 파울로스
파울로스, 존 알렌
파울로스, 존 앨런
ジョン・アレン・パウロス
パウロス, ジョン・A
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