The Politics of Large Numbers
A History of Statistical Reasoning
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Politics of Large Numbers by Alain Desrosieres
Book DescriptionStatistics-driven thinking is ubiquitous in modern society. In this study of the history of statistics, which begins with probability theory in the 17th century, Alain Desrosieres shows how the evolution of modern statistics has been inextricably bound up with the knowledge and power of governments. He traces the complex reciprocity between modern governments and the mathematical artifacts that both dictate the duties of the state and measure its successes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674009691
(227mm x 144mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Alain Desrosieres
Alain Desrosieres is Administrateur, Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques, Paris.
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