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A Joosr Guide to How Not to Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg

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Most people think math is something you learn and forget in high school, never to be used again. But our relationship with math doesn't end there. Mathematics is all around us, affecting everything from the people we vote for to the athletes we support-and once you've learned to see it, you'll find a whole new way to interact with the world around you.

Math truly is everywhere in the world today, and in How Not To Be Wrong, you'll gain the tools you need to see its powerful and widespread effects. You'll also learn how to think like a mathematician, avoiding scams and misleading information to make the best possible choices in every aspect of your life.

You will learn:

· Why an athlete's slumps and hot streaks never last long

· How to figure out the exact worth of your time

· Why popular opinion doesn't actually exist.
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  • b3377991791has quoted7 years ago
    This misleading tactic is hard to spot normally, but if you have a mathematician’s mind, you’ll be able to see how percentages can be manipulated to produce technically-true statements to lead you into believing something that isn’t true
  • b3377991791has quoted7 years ago
    Though Jason and Will may be fictional, similar situations to theirs are frequent in reality, and not just in sports situations. You’ll often find exceptionally good or bad performances followed up by average ones. This is known in math as “regression to the mean,” which simply refers to any situation that naturally reverts to an average. This reversion happens because often what caused the outlier performance was not a lack or sudden burst of skill. Often, these outliers are simply the result of chance occurrences. Eventually

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