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Book club: "Proofiness: How You're Being Fooled by the Numbers", Charles Seife

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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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