Sample of Groups Addressed by John Allen Paulos Plus a Few Short Videos
"Invite him (firstname.lastname@example.org) because his talks are simultaneously very funny and quite instructive."
Other testimonials are below.
TEDx talk on Stories vs. Statistics
The Beyond Belief Conference hosted by The Science Network
Once Upon a Number on C-Span
The David Letterman Show
- NY Museum of Math talk. Click box to view -->>
- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- Aspen Ideas Festival
- TAM Randi Skeptics’ Conference
- Harvard Nieman Fellows
- Beyond Belief talk. Click box to view -->>
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- Goldman Sachs
- Johnson and Johnson
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Wharton School of Business
- National University of Singapore
- Haifa University
- Ohio State University
- University of Florida
- Carnegie Institution
- Nicholas Applegate Investments
- European Molecular Biology Labs
- Trial Lawyers of America
- National Academy of Science
- National Institutes of Health
- Thales and Friends (Greece)
- New Jersey Hospital Association
- American Institute of Mathematics
- Associated Press
- Susquehanna Investment Group
- Medill School of Journalism
- Brooklyn College
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Goodyear Tire
- Chicago Quantitative Alliance
- USA Today
- Rohm and Haas
- Columbia School of Journalism
- Universities of Wisconsin and South Carolina (commencement speaker)
- Boston Area Investors
- West Point
- Philadelphia Athenaeum
- Johns Hopkins
- Pennsylvania Society of Actuaries
- Minneapolis Health Care
- Smithsonian Institution
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- New York Investors Forum
- Bell South
- Brigham Young University
- Duke University
- Pennsylvania Education Association
- American Society of Newspaper Editors
- California Institute of Technology
"John Allen Paulos is a phenomenon in the world of mathematics and entertainment. An impressive mathematician, he is also a published author and quite a showman. I first saw Paulos' name in the summer of 1995, while searching a bookstore for a mathematician, who could capture the attention of not only math teachers, but of science and technology teachers as well as a more general audience. When I picked up "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper," I knew I had found my man. Paulos first spoke to Tandy Technology Scholars in 1996 at the National Council of Mathematics Teachers annual meeting in San Diego. Since an overflow crowd filled the ballroom, we opened the doors to the second ballroom where we had standing room only! Back by popular demand, Paulos was the keynote speaker in 2000 at NCTM and for the Radio Shack National Teacher Awards 10th anniversary. He not only filled the Great Hall at Navy Pier in Chicago; he did it at the 9 a.m. opening event. I'm a public relations person, so math is not right up my alley, but I have read all of Paulos' books and even understand some of them. You will not only be entertained by John Allen Paulos, you will learn some fascinating new ways to view the world."
"Professor Paulos takes what seems to be everyday decision making for all of us, and looks at it in a new light. He shows how many things that we do without thinking can be proven to be irrational using simple mathematics. His books have been very enlightening, and his speech allowed us to hear these thoughts in his own words. Professor Paulos was a delight to listen to, and anybody interested in proper decision making should listen to him speak."
"Teamed with an equally witty and wise intellectual heavyweight, Nobel laureate Leon Lederman, John Allen Paulos provided Medill School of Journalism students and other members of the Northwestern University community with a detailed dissection of the press's (mis)use of math. Thoroughly entertaining and enlightening. He even looked like a math professor should look."
"Professor John Allen Paulos served as a last-minute replacement for the governor of Pennsylvania at the Pennsylvania State Education Association statewide conference a few years ago. As keynote speaker, addressing an audience of hundreds of teachers from across the state, Paulos inspired, enlightened, and entertained them with his philosophical and practical viewpoints on education, numeracy, and life in general."
"Do your eyes glaze over when confronted with dizzying statistics in the newspapers? Do you know the difference between a million and a billion? If you feel ill-equipped to weigh up the numbers bandied about by economists, journalists and financiers, help is at hand in the form of mathematician, John Allen Paulos. Professor Paulos captivated listeners to BBC's Radio 4 in a series of Talks entitled, 'A Mathematician Reads The Newspaper' with his blend of rigorous intellect and pure entertainment. This was maths that changed the way you saw the world, maths that was accessible, smart and funny all at the same time."
"Paulos' talk was a very informative and entertaining random walk through some of the topical issues facing educators, investors, and, indeed, all concerned citizens. A perfect keynote speech - funny, useful, and thought-provoking."