Weapons of Math Destruction
Credit scores are one of the formulas that determine our world. They often work against us, from job prospects to how long we’re on hold.
When I was little, I used to gaze at the traffic out the car window and study license plate numbers. I would reduce each one to its basic elements — the
prime numbers that made it up. 45 = 3 x 3 x 5. That’s called factoring, and it was my favorite investigative pastime.
My love for math eventually became a passion. I went to math camp when I was 14 and came home clutching a Rubik’s Cube to my chest. Math provided a
neat refuge from the messiness of the real world. It marched f...