An Excerpt from Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics

Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann, who previously wrote the excellent book The Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers (1997), have teamed up once again to write Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics (Prometheus Books, 2013).

It’s a book with a self-explanatory title, and you only need a high-school-level background in math to understand it.

The following are excerpts from the book, reprinted with permission of the publishers:

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This Is Why Math Is Important, Everyone

From the Christian Post:

Sam Rohrer, president of the Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network, stated that he was “stunned at this decision today to take a 360-degree turn away from the biblical definition of marriage.”

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Christian Pastor Claims to Have ‘Irrefutable’ Mathematical Proof for Christianity

Dan Delzell, the pastor of Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Nebraska, just found “irrefutable” mathematical proof for Christianity!

Thankfully, it’s nothing like this:

Even if you’re not a mathematician, see if you can detect his error:

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The Church of England and the Art of Bullshit

This is quite the headline from the Church of England!

Wow! Four out of five people believe in the power of prayer! Remarkably high belief in the supernatural at a time you’d expect otherwise…

Surely the raw data (PDF) back up this claim, right?!

Of course not.

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The Creation Museum’s Ken Ham is Asking His Followers to Pray for Me

You guys, Ken Ham‘s not happy with me.

All I did was call him a liar and a bad teacher (because he’s a liar and a bad teacher), and he’s upset! So upset that he wants his followers to pray for me.

Wouldn’t you just love your children to go to the school in the Chicago area where Hemant Mehta would be their math teacher…

He wants to teach your children atheism and drag them to Hell. His anger against and intolerance of those who teach children the truth of God’s Word is often shown on his blog.

It’s true, it’s true. Somehow, Ham must have gotten ahold of my notes from class… [Read more...]


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