publication . Article . 2015

Mathematics and Humor: John Allen Paulos and the Numeracy Crusade

Paul H. Grawe;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jul 2015 Journal: Numeracy (issn: 1936-4660, eissn: 1936-4660, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: National Numeracy Network
Abstract
John Allen Paulos at minimum gave the Numeracy movement a name through his book Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences. What may not be so obvious was Paulos’ strong interest in the relationship between mathematics and mathematicians on the one hand and humor and stand-up-comedian joke structures on the other. Innumeracy itself could be seen as a typically mathematical Gotcha joke on American culture generally. In this perspective, a Minnesotan acculturated to Minnesota-Nice Humor of Self-Immolation Proclivities (SImP) looks at the more raw-boned, take-no-prisoners humor style Paulos outlined in Mathematics and Humor and implemented in Innumera...
Subjects
free text keywords: humor, jokes, comedian, Special aspects of education, LC8-6691, Mathematics, QA1-939
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