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James C. Zimring

May 2, 2022

It is alarming how many people think that ¼ of anything is larger than 1/3 of that same thing. And that is only the beginning of the problems we have with fractions. Percentages, probabilities, frequencies, and rates can all be expressed as fractions, yet people consistently fail to understand how fractions can be manipulated or misunderstood. Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back JAMES C. ZIMRING. He is the Thomas W. Tillack Professor of Experimental Pathology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His new book clearly explains how understanding fractions is critical to everyone: PARTIAL TRUTHS: HOW FRACTIONS DISTORT OUR THINKING.