# Who’s Counting - interesting real-life math applications

By Murray Bourne, 01 Jul 2009

Who's Counting - John Allen Paulos examines the news through numbers gives a fascinating insight into the math behind current news events.

Paulos is a professor of mathematics at Temple University in Philadelphia and is well-known for his book *Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences* (1988) in which he said:

I'm distressed by a society which depends so completely on mathematics and science and yet seems to indifferent to the innumeracy and scientific illiteracy of so many of its citizens.

His monthly *Who's Counting* series is an attempt to address such innumeracy and scientific illiteracy.

The most recent articles (for Jan to Jun 2009) include:

- Problem With Drug Studies: The Patients?
- Seduce Me, Swindle Me With ... Logic?
- Now Boarding: A Better Way to Load a Plane

He addresses a range of issues in these articles. One that caught my eye: How to Calculate Chances of Doomsday.

Paulos is worth checking out.

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