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How Not to Be Wrong

The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life

By Jordan Ellenberg
15-minute read
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How Not to Be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life by Jordan Ellenberg

How Not to Be Wrong gives us an intimate glimpse into how mathematicians think and how we can benefit from their way of thinking. It also explains how easily we can be mistaken when we apply mathematical tools incorrectly, and gives advice on how we can instead find correct solutions.

  • Anyone interested in math
  • Anyone interested in logic or philosophy
  • Anyone interested in seeing the equations behind everyday situations

Jordan Ellenberg is a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work covers a wide variety of mathematical topics, including arithmetic geometry and number theory. Ellenberg writes the popular column, “Do the Math” for Slate, and has had work appear in The New York Times, the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of the novel Grasshopper King

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