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According to MSNBC having a child makes you stupid You actually lose IQ points i Good Morning America i has announced that natural blondes will be extinct within two hundred years Pundits estimated that there were more than a million demonstrators at a tea party rally in Washington D C even though roughly sixty thousand were there Numbers have peculiar powers they can disarm skeptics befuddle journalists and hoodwink the public into believing almost anything .

Proofiness as Charles Seife explains in this eye opening book is the art of using pure mathematics for impure ends and he reminds readers that bad mathematics has a dark side It is used to bring down beloved government officials and to appoint undeserving ones both Democratic and Republican to convict the innocent and acquit the guilty to ruin our economy and to fix the outcomes of future elections This penetrating look at the intersection of math and society will appeal to readers of i Freakonomics i and the books of Malcolm Gladwell by Charles Seife

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Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception
Title:Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception
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Number of Pages:271
Category:Non fiction, Science, Mathematics, Politics, Psychology
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b The bestselling author of i Proofiness i and i Zero i explains how to separate fact from fantasy in the digital world b br br Digital information is a powerful tool that spreads unbelievably rapidly infects all corners of society and is all but impossible to control even when that information is actually a lie In i Virtual Unreality i Charles Seife uses the skepticism wit and sharp facility for analysis that captivated readers in i Proofiness i and i Zero i to take us deep into the Internet information jungle and cut a path through the trickery fakery and cyber skullduggery that the online world enables br br Taking on everything from breaking news coverage and online dating to program trading and that eccentric and unreliable source that is Wikipedia Seife arms his readers with actual tools or weapons for discerning truth from fiction online, b The bestselling author of i Zero i shows how mathematical misinformation pervades and shapes our daily lives b br br According to MSNBC having a child makes you stupid You actually lose IQ points i Good Morning America i has announced that natural blondes will be extinct within two hundred years Pundits estimated that there were more than a million demonstrators at a tea party rally in Washington D C even though roughly sixty thousand were there Numbers have peculiar powers they can disarm skeptics befuddle journalists and hoodwink the public into believing almost anything br br Proofiness as Charles Seife explains in this eye opening book is the art of using pure mathematics for impure ends and he reminds readers that bad mathematics has a dark side It is used to bring down beloved government officials and to appoint undeserving ones both Democratic and Republican to convict the innocent and acquit the guilty to ruin our economy and to fix the outcomes of future elections This penetrating look at the intersection of math and society will appeal to readers of i Freakonomics i and the books of Malcolm Gladwell, When weapons builders detonated the first hydrogen bomb in they tapped into the biggest source of energy in our solar system the phenomenon that makes the sun shine Nuclear fusion seems a virtually unlimited source of power but it has been at the center of a tragic and comic pursuit that has left scores of scientists battered and disgraced Like the eternal quest to build a perpetual motion machine the dream of harnessing the energy of a miniature star is irresistible Not only would a fusion energy device give the world endless electrical power it would give power to its inventors financial power the power of fame even military might br br Right now the world s richest countries are spending billions of dollars trying to build a giant fusion reactor Yet if history is any guide the money will not bring the dream of fusion energy within reach Indeed the quest for fusion energy has been a failure generation after generation Fusion is at the heart of some of the biggest scientific scandals of all time and Charles Seife traces its story from its beginning into the twenty first century Even after fusion scientists face defeat after defeat they continue trying to put the sun in a bottle hoping against hope that they will succeed where others have failed The science of wishful thinking is as strong as ever and this book is our key to understanding why, The Babylonians invented it the Greeks banned it the Hindus worshipped it and the Church used it to fend off heretics For centuries the power of zero savored of the demonic once harnessed it became the most important tool in mathematics i Zero i follows this number from its birth as an Eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in Europe and its apotheosis as the mystery of the black hole Today zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time the quest for the theory of everything Elegant witty and enlightening i Zero i is a compelling look at the strangest number in the universe and one of the greatest paradoxes of human thought