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Abstract

John Allen Paulos. A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2015). 200 pp. ISBN 978-1633881181.

This piece briefly introduces and excerpts A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours, written by John Allen Paulos and published by Prometheus Books. The book shares observations on life—many biographical—from the perspective of a numerate mathematician. The excerpt uses basic statistical reasoning to explore why we should expect that being odd is a most normal experience.

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https://doi.org/10.5038/1936-4660.11.1.8

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