John Allen Paulos is a master at shedding mathematical lights on our everyday world:What exactly did Lani Guinier say about quotas?What is the probability of identifying a murderer through DNA testing?Which are the real risks to our health and which the phony ones?Employing the same fun-filled, user-friendly, and quirkily insightful approach that put Innumeracy on best-seller lists, Paulos now leads us through the pages of the daily newspaper, revealing the hidden mathematical angles of countless articles. From the Senate, the SATs, and sex to crime, celebrities, and cults, Paulos takes stories that may not seem to involve mathematics at all and demonstrates how mathematical naïveté can put readers at a distinct disadvantage.Whether he’s using chaos theory to puncture economic and environmental predictions, applying logic and self-reference to clarify the hazards of spin doctoring and news compression, or employing arithmetic and common sense to give us a novel perspective on greed and relationships, Paulos never fails to entertain and enlighten.Even if you hated math in school, you’ll love the numerical vignettes in this book.
"Achieving Quantitative Literacy" is a response to the need to stimulate and support Quantitative Literacy conversations on campuses across the country. Although no less important foir all citizens than fluency in reading and writing, quantitative literacy too often continues to be the province of the few. Indeed for too long our educational system has produced a scientific and mathematical elite while failing to nurture the literate citizenry required for a robust democracy. As a result, the gap between expert and citizen has widened dangerously, most notably when numbers and data are brought to bear in deciding public and private issuesand one can scarcely think of an issue in contemporary life where this is not the case.
Building on the methods and techniques presented in Problem Solving and Comprehension,the authors show how their methods can be used to manage more difficult problems and situations. By providing step-by-step solutions for problems of figural reasoning, chart and graph interpretation, verbal reasoning, and advanced mathematical word problems, the authors create an ideal book for gifted students and for those preparing to take standardized admissions tests for colleges and professional schools.
Here, by popular demand, is the updated edition to Joel Best's classic guide to understanding how numbers can confuse us. In his new afterword, Best uses examples from recent policy debates to reflect on the challenges to improving statistical literacy. Since its publication ten years ago, Damned Lies and Statistics has emerged as the go-to handbook for spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers.
The Second Edition offers readers a straightforward presentation of the key components of research and the skills they need to read and evaluate it. The book covers a range of research that students are most likely to encounter, from experimental to field research, and archival to evaluation research. The Second Edition features updated examples of research across disciplines, new and updated content on qualitative research and conceptual statistics, and a streamlined organization that better aligns with the order of information in a research article.
How does one tell if the appropriate design or analysis was used in a research article? Using examples of both good and flawed studies, Ellen R Girden shows how to read qualitative and quantitative research articles critically from start to finish. She explains how to decide whether the conclusions reported in an article are justified, based on the design and analysis of the experiment. By first demonstrating how to analyze an article in each design category - for example, correlational study, factor analysis, narrative analysis - Girden uses targeted questions to assist the reader′s critique of each major section of an article.
150 Real GRE Quantitative Reasoning questions - direct from the test maker! The best way to prepare for the Quantitative Reasoning measure of the GRE® General Test is with real GRE test questions--and that is what you will find in this unique guide. Specially created by the actual test maker, it offers 150 actual GRE Quantitative Reasoning questions with complete explanations. Plus, this guide includes a review of math topics likely to appear on Quantitative Reasoning measure. Only ETS can show you exactly what to expect on the test. For in-depth practice and accurate, reliable test preparation for the GRE Quantitative Reasoning measure, this guide is your best choice! This essential study guide features: * Authentic GRE Quantitative Reasoning practice questions, arranged by content and question type -- to help you build your test-taking skills -- plus, mixed practice tests * Answers and explanations for every question! * GRE Math Review covering math topics you need to know for the test * ETS's own test-taking strategies: Valuable hints and tips to help you do your best * Official information on the GRE Quantitative Reasoning measure: The facts about the test content, scoring, and more - straight from ETS
Using examples drawn from polling data, medicine, climate modeling, and more, PAINTING BY NUMBERS is the essential toolkit for evaluating the numbers that shape our lives. How well do you know what you think you know? If you've ever poured over election polling data, argued about climate change, or read an article describing the latest study on a topic you care about, PAINTING BY NUMBES is for you. Written in an entertaining and approachable style and with humorous illustrations to help explain complex modeling concepts, PAINTING BY NUMBERS is an essential tool for making sense of the numbers shaping modern society.
This Second Edition of Quantitative Reasoning empowers students to use quantitative information to make responsible financial, environmental, and health-related decisions in their daily lives. Students develop their critical thinking skills through numerous examples, explorations, and activities featuring real data. Students use a variety of analysis throughout the text: inductive and deductive reasoning; tabular, symbolic, verbal, and graphical forms of functions and relations; graphs and pictorial representations of data; interpretations of probabilistic data; surveys and statistical studies. Sevilla and Somer'snbsp;Quantitative Reasoning, 2nd Editionnbsp;comes available with WileyPLUS, a research-based, online environment for effective teaching and learning, which takes the guesswork out of studying by providing them with a clear roadmap: what to do, how to do it, and whether they did it right. WileyPLUS sold separately from text.