CANCELLED: "Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception", Charles Seife

Shows readers how the power of skewed metrics -- or "proofiness" -- is being used to alter perception in both amusing and dangerous ways. Proofiness is behind such bizarre stories as a mathematical formula for the perfect butt and sprinters who can run faster than the speed of sound. But proofiness also has a dark side: bogus mathematical formulas used to undermine our democracy-subverting our justice system, fixing elections, and swaying public opinion with lies. By doing the real math, Seife elegantly and good-humoredly scrutinizes our growing obsession with metrics while exposing those who misuse them.

(Also published with a different subtitle, "The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception".)

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  • Nathan

    I won't be able to make it, the day before Thanksgiving I'll be flying home for the holiday weekend.

    November 10, 2013

    • amk

      Thanks, Nathan! If you'd still like to discuss the book, my math meetup will be discussing it in downtown DC the day before; see­ for details.

      1 · November 11, 2013

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Can't find this one either on Audible. :( Too bad I didn't have access to my iPad that I could have searched during the discussion. :(

    August 3, 2013

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