science | May 28, 2014

First Look: How Not to Be Wrong, by Jordan Ellenberg, is a Freakonomics for Math

How early should you get to the airport? Why do tall parents have shorter children? What’s the best way to get rich playing the lottery? In How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, mathematician and writer Jordan Ellenberg shows us how math affects us every day. In the same way that Freakonomics brought economics into the popular discourse, How Not to Be Wrong is a lively, clever exploration of how math touches us all, and how we can use it to our advantage in the boardroom, classroom, and at home.

From the publisher:

Math, as Jordan Ellenberg says, is “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength.” Math helps every kind of thinker think better—it hones our intuition, sharpens our judgment, tames uncertainty, and lets us see the deeper structure and logic of our world. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through the static to the true meaning of information we usually take for granted.

Ellenberg  is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. To book Jordan Ellenberg as a speaker, contact The Lavin Agency.