Precognitive dreams, Muggings and Deadly diseases

I think you will agree with me when I say: Mathematics is hard. For every handful of geeks out there, there is a huge majority that totally abhors the subject. I mean, come on, who loves mathematics? Enters John Allen Paulos. He bears an uncanny resemblance with the axe-wielding psycho 'the Ripper' from Last Action Hero. … Continue reading Precognitive dreams, Muggings and Deadly diseases

The Drunkard’s Walk: How randomness rules our lives

Book review of Leonard Mlodinow's 'The Drunkard's Walk'. Reading this book is akin to visiting the Magic Kingdom with Mlodinow; he cranks up one ride after another as the reader wishes for the hoopla to never end. He judiciously employs his storytelling craft to unravel the progressive influence of probability over the centuries.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Book review of John Allen Paulos' Inummeracy'. 'Innumeracy' is your mathematical analogy of an adrenalin-filled, high-falutin' self-help, motivational book. This book is a critical-faculty-sharpener of sorts.

Outliers: The Story of Success

Let me clarify a couple of things at the outset about 'Outliers: The Story of Success'. First, the name 'Outliers' imparts a wrong impression of a book based on crucial statistical observations (incidentally, an outlier in the world of statistics is an observation which is far removed from other values in the data set) and … Continue reading Outliers: The Story of Success