of examples in innumeracy show us how it affects not only
personal economics and travel plans, but explains mischosen mates,
inappropriate drug-testing, and the allure of pseudo-science.
This is the book that made "innumeracy" a household word, at least
in some households. Paulos admits that "at least part of the motivation
for any book is anger, and this book is no exception. I'm distressed by
a society which depends so completely on mathematics and science and
yet seems to indifferent to the innumeracy and scientific illiteracy of
so many of its citizens."
But that is not all that drives him.
The difference between our pretensions and reality is absurd and
humorous, and the numerate can see this better than those who don't