Statistics-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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(227mm x 144mm x 23mm)
Harvard University Press
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Author Biography - Alain Desrosieres
Alain Desrosieres is Administrateur, Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques, Paris.