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Mathematics Conversation

Innumeracy' author John Paulos talks with Dave Feldman from COA
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - Deering Common Campus Center

John PaulosNoted and popular mathematician John Allen Paulos, author of the best-selling Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences, joins Dave Feldman, College of the Atlantic faculty member in physics and mathematics for the college's Coffee & Conversation series on Tuesday, July 26 at 9 a.m. The conversation will be held in Deering Common Campus Center. Refreshments will be served.

Paulos, who teaches at Temple University, is a monthly columnist for ABC News. He has written several books focused on the state of thinking today, most recently, Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up. Innumeracy was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly five months when it came out in 1988. Its sequel, A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper was on the readers' list of the Random House Modern Library's compilation of the 100 best nonfiction books of the century.

About Innumeracy, Isaac Asimov commented, it "would improve the quality of thinking of virtually anyone." And Douglas Hofstadter, author of Godel, Escher, and Bach, called it "better than an entire high school math education!"

Paulos holds a PhD in math from the University of Wisconsin. He has addressed audiences ranging from NASA to that of the Late Show with Dave Letterman, and is the author of many scholarly papers on probability, logic, and the philosophy of science, as well as scores of Op-eds, book reviews, and articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Nation, Discover, American Scholar, London Review of Books, among other publications.

The conversation between Paulos and Feldman presents two professors known for their humorous and surprising approaches to ideas. The 9 a.m. discussion on Tuesday, July 26 in Deering Common Campus Center is free and open to the public, and includes coffee and morning treats. For more information on this summer series, contact Laura Johnson, 207-801-5621, ljohnson@coa.edu, or Kim Childs, 207-288-5015, kchilds@coa.edu.

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