John Allen Paulos

Professor of Mathematics, Temple University; Author, A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

John Allen Paulos is an author, public speaker, and mathematics professor at Temple University. His eight books include the New York Times best-seller InnumeracyA Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (one of Random House Modern Library’s 100 best nonfiction books of the century), Once Upon a Number, and A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market. He is a former columnist for, Scientific American, and The Guardian, and he has addressed audiences including the National Academy of Sciences, the Hasty Pudding Club, and the David Letterman Show. Paulos received the AAAS award for promoting public understanding of science in 2003 and the JPBM Mathematics Communication Award in 2013.

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