Slippery Math In Public Affairs: Price Tag And Defense, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Slippery Math In Public Affairs

Price Tag And Defense, 1st Edition

By William J. Adams

CRC Press

240 pages

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Hardback: 9780824707903
pub: 2002-08-02
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Highlighting how slippery numbers and questionable mathematical conclusions emerge and what can be done to safeguard against them, this book examines flawed usage of math in public affairs through actual cases of how mathematical data and conclusions can be distorted and misrepresented to influence public opinion. The author analyzes the cost of "slippery math" in terms of squandered resources and identifies common misperceptions about the role of math in public affairs. He discusses how math education can be reformed to sharpen public awareness of "slippery math", the development of math models and their use and misuse, and proper and improper polling methods.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MAT000000
MATHEMATICS / General
POL017000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration