John Allen Paulos

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John Allen Paulos

John Allen Paulos (born July 4, 1945)is a professor of mathematics at Templeton University in Philadelphia. He grew up in Chicago and Milwaukee and received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His academic work is mainly in mathematical logic and probability theory. He has found acclaim in the publishing world for his various books on mathematical literacy, mathematics, humor, and logic. He writes a column, "Who's Counting" on focusing on the mathematics involved in stories in the news.


  • Mathematics & Humor: A Study of the Logic of Humor (1980, University Of Chicago)isbn 978-0226650241
  • I Think Therefore I Laugh: The Flip Side of Philosophy (1985, Columbia University Press)isbn 978-0231060318
  • Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1989, Hill and Wang)isbn 978-0670830084
  • Beyond Numeracy: Ruminations of a Numbers Man (1991, Knopf)isbn 978-0394586403
  • A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (1995, Basic Books)isbn 978-0465043620
  • Once Upon a Number: The Hidden Mathematical Logic of Stories (1998, Basic Books )978-0465051588
  • A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market (2003, Basic Books)isbn 978-0465054800
  • Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up (2007, Hill and Wang) isbn 978-0809059195

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