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Numbers Rule : The Vexing Mathematics of Democracy, from Plato to rhe Present

Author: George Szpiro.

Numbers Rule : The Vexing Mathematics of Democracy, from Plato to rhe Present

Author: George Szpiro.

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Item #: D40329
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2010
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691139944
Since the birth of democracy in ancient Greece, the act of voting has generated mathematical paradoxes that have puzzled some of the greatest philosophers, statesmen, and mathematicians. Tracing the quest to create a more perfect democracy, George Szpiro details the lives and big ideas of Plato, Pliny the Younger, Ramon Llull, Pierre Simon Laplace, Thomas Je... More
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Since the birth of democracy in ancient Greece, the act of voting has generated mathematical paradoxes that have puzzled some of the greatest philosophers, statesmen, and mathematicians. Tracing the quest to create a more perfect democracy, George Szpiro details the lives and big ideas of Plato, Pliny the Younger, Ramon Llull, Pierre Simon Laplace, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and Kenneth Arrow. Szpiro also explains how mathematical paradoxes and enigmas can crop up in virtually any voting arena, from electing a class president to the apportionment of seats in Congress.


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