Proofiness: when mathematics turns to the dark side

September 18th, 2010

This sounds like a book worth reading, Proofiness – The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception by Charles Seife. It is reviewed in tomorrow’s New York Times — Fibbing With Numbers.

It goes without saying that what you learn in a book like this should only be used for defensive purposes. Do not turn to the Dark Side!

The book reminds me of the classic How to Lie with Statistics published in the 1950s.