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CBC's All in a Day Book Panel

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On Monday, February 3rd CBC's All in a Day Book Panel, featuring OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, met with Alan Neal to discuss their recommendations for the month. February's picks include books on the transformational power of math literacy, the wisdom of a mole catcher, a new way to look at human evolution and compelling fiction by an Ottawa author. You can find the recommended books at OPL on the list below, and listen to their discussion at the following link

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Book recommendations from OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, presented monthly on CBC's All in a Day with Alan Neal.


I read one of John Mighton's earlier books, "The Myth of Ability", and left a review of it on the OPL website. It seems the key to Mighton's teaching of math is to make sure all steps of a mathematical process are clearly spelled out, without leaving out any of the intermediate steps. I would like to read his new book. I sometimes wonder if some people are really as innumerate as they seem to be. A CBC news host who shall remain nameless sneered at the monthly growth rate June 2015 real GDP update for Canada when it was announced, although at an annualized rate it was really very susbstantial, and correctly signalled that the five-month contraction in real GDP for Canada ended in May 2015. I sent her a LinkedIn message, explaining the not very complicated math behind annualizing monthly growth rates (for lower rates of growth the annualized growth rate would be roughly equal to 12 times the monthly growth rate, so a 0.1% monthly growth rate would be roughly equal to a 1.2% annualized monthly growth rate). I never got a response but the July growth rate was also a spectacularly good annualized growth rate, and she again sniffed that this wasn't much growth. I don't think it was a problem of understanding; I think her fierce anti-Harper partisanship led her to pretend that she didn't get the math.