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generation raised on these new principles is more resistant to innumeracy--and need only worry about being incomputable.”


The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century. By David Salsburg. (Holt, 352 pp, 2002)  GFBR **. Advanced HS - adult. “In The Lady Tasting Tea, David Salsburg tells the fascinating story of how statistics has revolutionized science in the twentieth century. Leading the reader through a maze of randomness and probability, the author clearly explains the nature of statistical models, where they came from, how they are applied to scientific problems, and whether they are true descriptions of reality. Salsburg also discusses the flaws inherent in a statistical model and the serious problems they've created for scientists as we enter the twenty-first century.” Some of his assessments of the advances and weaknesses of other statisticians are a little hard to follow, in my opinion.


A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. By John Allen Paulos. (Basic, 212 pp, 1995) GFBR ***. HS-Adult. In my opinion a bit easier to read than his "Innumeracy". Has contents of his numerous articles that are published on-line and in various periodicals, where he investigates the numbers that make the news in economics and politics, health issues, sports, spin-doctoring, recipes, celebrity features, and more.


What Are the Odds? The Chances of Extraordinary Events in Everyday Life. By Jefferson Hane Hane Weaver. (Prometheus, 250 pp, 2001) HS-Adult. This book was "motivated by the desire to provide a lighthearted treatment of the subject matter [of statistics and probability theory] because mathematics in general and statistics in particular have very poor public images even though these fields are absolutely crucial to the continued functioning of our modern technological society." Areas explored include romance, sex, death, disaster, going to war, striking it rich, encountering danger in the workplace, employment and unemployment, becoming a doctor or lawyer, being audited, crime and punishment, medical procedures and illnesses, getting into an Ivy League school, and becoming a film start, rock star or best-selling author. This conversational style of this text makes a traditionally- academic subject accessible to the general reader. Weaver is an attorney, and the author of several popular science books



Conned Again, Watson! Cautionary Tales of Logic, Math, and Probability. By Colin Bruce (Perseus, 320 pp, 2002) Teen-adult. "Some people who think they hate math are lucky to learn that they actually just can't abide its often dry, abstract presentation. Physicist Colin Bruce turns math teaching on its head by using conflict, drama, and familiar characters to bring probability and game theory to vivid life in [this book]. Using short stories crafted in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he lets Sherlock Holmes guide Watson and his clients through elementary mathematical reasoning."


Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers. By Paul Nahin.  (Princeton, 256 pp, 2000) Advanced HS – Adult. . "What are your chances of dying on your next flight, being called for jury duty, or winning the lottery? We all encounter probability problems in our everyday lives. In this collection of twenty-one puzzles, Paul Nahin challenges us to think creatively about the laws of probability as they apply in playful, sometimes deceptive, ways to a fascinating array of speculative situations". The mathematics is NOT easy.


How to Solve It. By George Polya. (Princeton, 224 pp, 1971) Teen-Adult. "This perennial best seller was written by an eminent mathematician, but it is a book for the general reader on how to think straight in any field. In lucid and appealing prose, it shows how the mathematical method of demonstrating a proof or finding an unknown can be of help in attacking any problem that can be "reasoned" outfrom building a bridge to winning a game of anagrams.

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