Class 10: A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Today we have a guest speaker Professor John A. Paulos from Trinity College. Professor Paulos will discuss examples from his latest book "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper" published by Basic Books in 1995.

Homework for Monday, March 4

Read Chapter 4 and Chapter 8 of FPPA. Do review exercises 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14 at the end of Chapter 4 and review exercises 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11 at the end of Chapter 8.

Journal Assignment for Wednesday March 13

Read the article "Research links writing style to the risk of Alzhheimer's". What did you find convincing about this article and what made you skeptical? How would you console Linda, who thinks she writes more like Sister A? If certain writing styles really are correlated with Alzheimer's, how might you explain this bizarre finding and what else would you like to investigate?