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John Allen Paulos

John Allen Paulos, American mathematics educator, writer. Recipient Public Understanding Science and Technical award, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003. Fellow Committee Science Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal; member Mathematics Association American, Association for Symbolic Logic, Authors' Guild.

Background

  • Paulos, John Allen was born on July 4, 1945 in Denver, Colorado, United States. Son of Peter George and Helen (Sanavas) Paulos.

  • Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics, University Wisconsin, 1974.

    Career

    • Professor mathematics Temple University, Philadelphia, since 1973. Speaker in field; adjunct professor journalism Columbia University.

    Works

    • Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences
    • Why do even well-educated people understand so little about mathematics? And what are the costs of our innumeracy? John Allen Paulos, in his celebrated bestseller first published in 1988, argues that our inability to deal rationally with very large numbers and the probabilities associated with them results in misinformed governmental policies, confused personal decisions, and an increased susceptibility to pseudoscience of all kinds.
    • Innumeracy - Mathematical Illiteracy Ands Its Consequences
    • Why do even well-educated people understand so little about mathematics? And what are the costs of our innumeracy? John Allen Paulos, in his celebrated bestseller first published in 1988, argues that our inability to deal rationally with very large numbers and the probabilities associated with them results in misinformed governmental policies, confused personal decisions, and an increased susceptibility to pseudoscience of all kinds.
    • Innumeracy Matematyczna ignorancja i jej konsekwencje w dobie nowoczesnej technologii
    • Dlaczego tak niewiele wiemy o matematyce? I jaki jest spoleczny koszt naszego 'matematycznego analfabetyzmu'? W tej wspanialej ksiazce John Allen Paulos przekonuje, ze nasza niezdolnosc do racjonalnego radzenia sobie z bardzo duzymi liczbami albo ze zwiazanym z nimi prawdopodobienstwem skutkuje bezpodstawnie prowadzonymi dzialaniami rzadu, niepewnymi decyzjami osobistymi i wieksza podatnoscia na wplyw pseudonauki wszelkiej masci.
    • A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper
    • With the same user-friendly, quirky, and perceptive approach that made Innumeracy a bestseller, John Allen Paulos travels though the pages of the daily newspaper showing how math and numbers are a key element in many of the articles we read every day.

    Membership

    Fellow Committee Science Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. Member Mathematics Association American, Association for Symbolic Logic, Authors' Guild.

    Connections

    • Married Sheila Schwartz, August 12, 1972. Two children.
    • father: Peter George Paulos
    • mother: Helen (Sanavas) Paulos
    • spouse: Sheila Schwartz
    John Allen Paulos
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    Born July 4, 1945
    (age 72)
    Nationality
    • 1974
      University Wisconsin
    • 1973
      Professor, mathematics Temple University
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States