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    Book Review: How Not To Be Wrong

    by The cover blurb describes this as “the freakonomics of math”. No, not really. Freakonomics was the freakonomics of math. It just happened to be written by an economist. This book is really more about the author’s desire to answer the question “when am I ever going to use this?” The short answer, never exactly stated outright, but talked around quite a bit, and in a longwinded way in the opening pages, is that if you’re talking about how to solve a quadratic equation or prove two triangles are the same triangle, you’re probably not going to. And that’s not the point, anyway. The point is to open up your…