347.092635586Title: The Politics of Large Numbers: A History of Statistical Reasoning Recommended Retail Price : 38.95 Our Price : 31.08 You Save : 7.87 (20% discount) ISBN : 0674689321 Author : Alain Desrosieres
Title: The Politics of Large Numbers: A History of Statistical Reasoning
Harvard University Press
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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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