A Mathematician Reads The Newspapers

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0119990404

In the first of four talks, Professor John Allen Paulos explains how, when faced with statistics, innumerate journalists and readers invariably jump to the wrong conclusions.

02My Mobile Gave Me Cancer19990411

In the second of four talks, Professor John Allen Paulos explains how ill-equipped we are to assess the real risks when reading scare stories in the papers.

03Pregnant Diana Murdered For Love Of Muslim19990418

In the third of four talks, Professor John Allen Paulos puts a mathematical spin on column inches devoted to celebrity profiles, conspiracy theories and miracles.

04 LASTTen Reasons Why We Hate Our Bosses19990425

In the last of four talks, Professor John Allen Paulos explains the increasing popularity of top-ten lists and our love affair with the number ten.