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

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The Drunkard’s Walk: How randomness rules our lives

The Drunkard's Walk refers to the random motion of molecules suspended in a Brownian fluid continuously bumping against each other. This incessant scramble leads to the movement of molecules that is hard to predict, but can be confidently explained after the fact. Metaphorically, the drunkard's walk is a path punctuated by random impacts and unintended consequences … Continue reading The Drunkard’s Walk: How randomness rules our lives

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Innumeracy: An inability to deal comfortably with the fundamental notions of number and chance. - John Allen Paulos 'Innumeracy' is your mathematical analogy of an adrenalin-filled, high-falutin' self-help, motivational book. This book is a critical-faculty-sharpener of sorts. Paulos' decision to write this book was largely a result of the anger and provocation he felt as … Continue reading Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

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