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Book club: "Proofiness: How You're Being Fooled by the Numbers", 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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  • Jeffrey C. J.

    What an amazing time! I loved hearing from everyone! It was probably the best one of our Mathematical Meetups!

    November 27, 2013

    • amk

      Jeffrey is being sarcastic here; of the 11 Yes RSVPs, he was the only person to show up. I think I'll stop organizing bookclub-style meetings, since the response is poor. If someone else wants to pick a book and schedule a meeting, please just let me know!

      1 · November 27, 2013

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    We're upstairs on the top floor, check me with the Green Apple Tie.

    November 26, 2013

  • Terry

    I hate to change my RSVP at the last minute like this but something (actually a coupla somethings) has come up and I can't make it after all. (:-(

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Meagan

    I can no longer attend due to a work obligation.

    November 26, 2013

  • Sarah

    Too close to thanksgiving :(

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    But maybe not, because I can only read the book on paper/tablet and I spend so much time driving and reading in the car is dangerous I may not have time.

    August 6, 2013

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