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John Allen Paulos

Data de nascimento: 4. Julho 1945

John Allen Paulos is an American professor of mathematics at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has gained fame as a writer and speaker on mathematics and the importance of mathematical literacy. Paulos writes about many subjects, especially of the dangers of mathematical innumeracy; that is, the layperson's misconceptions about numbers, probability, and logic. Wikipedia

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„There is no such thing as free lunch, and even if there were, there’d be no guarantee against indigestion.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Fonte: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1988), Chapter 5, “Statistics, Trade-Offs, and Society” (p. 147)

„Bad things happen periodically, and they’re going to happen to somebody. Why not you?“

—  John Allen Paulos

Fonte: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1988), Chapter 4, “Whence Innumeracy?” (p. 110)

„If we’re not keenly aware of the choices we’re making, we’re not likely to work for better ones.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Fonte: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1988), Chapter 5, “Statistics, Trade-Offs, and Society” (p. 176)

„To follow foolish precedents, and wink with both eyes, is easier than to think.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Fonte: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1988), Chapter 3, “Pseudoscience” (p. 67; quoting William Cowper)

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„Correlation and causation are two quite different words, and the innumerate are more prone to mistake them than most.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Fonte: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1988), Chapter 5, “Statistics, Trade-Offs, and Society” (p. 159)

„There’s always enough random success to justify almost anything to someone who wants to believe.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Fonte: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1988), Chapter 2, “Probability and Coincidence” (p. 44)

„The whole weight of science is the prima facie evidence against a miracle having occurred.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Part 2 “Four Subjective Arguments”, Chapter 5 “The Argument from Interventions (and Miracles, Prayers, and Witnesses)” (p. 88)
Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don’t Add Up (2008)

„Confirmation of a person’s unreliable statement by another unreliable person makes the statement even less reliable.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Part 2 “Four Subjective Arguments”, Chapter 2 “The Argument from Prophecy (and the Bible Codes)” (p. 65)
Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don’t Add Up (2008)

„Claiming that a holy book’s claims are undeniable because the book itself claims them to be is convincing only to the convinced.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Part 2 “Four Subjective Arguments”, Chapter 2 “The Argument from Prophecy (and the Bible Codes)” (p. 64)
Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don’t Add Up (2008)

„Rigid distinctions between the deep and the shallow are generally themselves quite superficial.“

—  John Allen Paulos, livro A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Section 5, “Food , Book Reviews, Sports, Obituaries” Introduction (p. 169)
A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (1995)

„In general, any differences between two groups will always be greatly accentuated at the extremes.“

—  John Allen Paulos, livro A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Section 2, “Local, Social, and Business Issues” Chapter 11, “Company Charged with Ethnic Bias in Hiring” (p. 60)
A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (1995)

„You can only predict things after they’ve happened.“

—  John Allen Paulos, livro A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Section 1, “Politics, Economics, and the Nation” Introduction (p. 7; quoting Eugene Ionesco)
A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (1995)

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