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Proofiness

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From the author of Zero, comes this "admirable salvo against quantitative bamboozlement by the media and the government" (The Boston Globe)

In Zero, Charles Seife presented readers with a thrilling account of the strangest number known to humankind. Now he shows readers how the power of skewed metrics-or "proofiness"- is being used to alter perception in both amusing and dangerous ways. Proofiness is behind such bizarre stories as a mathematical formula for the perfect butt and sprinters who can run faster than the speed of sound. But proofiness also has a dark side: bogus mathematical formulas used to undermine our democracy-subverting our justice system, fixing elections, and swaying public opinion with lies. By doing the real math, Seife elegantly and good-humoredly scrutinizes our growing obsession with metrics while exposing those who misuse them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 295 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Figures; Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0143120077
  • 9780143120070
  • 318,418

Review quote

"A delightful and remarkably revealing book that should be required reading for . . . well, for everyone."
-Booklist (Starred review)
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About Charles Seife

Charles Seife is the author of five previous books, including Proofiness and Zero, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction and was a New York Times notable book. He has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Wired, New Scientist, Science, Scientific American, and The Economist. He is a professor of journalism at New York University and lives in New York City.
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1,252 ratings
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2 9% (109)
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