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Numbers rule : the vexing mathematics of democracy, from Plato to the present / George G. Szpiro.

By: Szpiro, George, 1950-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010Description: 1 online resource (xi, 226 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400834440; 1400834449.Subject(s): Mathematics -- AnecdotesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Numbers rule.DDC classification: 510 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
COVER; TITLE; COPYRIGHT; CONTENTS; PREFACE; ONE: THE ANTI-DEMOCRAT; TWO: THE LETTER WRITER; THREE: THE MYSTIC; FOUR: THE CARDINAL; FIVE: THE OFFICER; SIX: THE MARQUIS; SEVEN: THE MATHEMATICIAN; EIGHT: THE OXFORD DON; NINE: THE FOUNDING FATHERS; TEN: THE IVY LEAGUERS; ELEVEN: THE PESSIMISTS; TWELVE: THE QUOTARIANS; THIRTEEN: THE POSTMODERNS; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX.
Summary: Since the very birth of democracy in ancient Greece, the simple act of voting has given rise to mathematical paradoxes that have puzzled some of the greatest philosophers, statesmen, and mathematicians. Numbers Rule traces the epic quest by these thinkers to create a more perfect democracy and adapt to the ever-changing demands that each new generation places on our democratic institutions. In a sweeping narrative that combines history, biography, and mathematics, George Szpiro details the fascinating lives and big ideas of great minds such as Plato, Pliny the Younger, Ramon Llull, Pierre Simo.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-218) and index.

COVER; TITLE; COPYRIGHT; CONTENTS; PREFACE; ONE: THE ANTI-DEMOCRAT; TWO: THE LETTER WRITER; THREE: THE MYSTIC; FOUR: THE CARDINAL; FIVE: THE OFFICER; SIX: THE MARQUIS; SEVEN: THE MATHEMATICIAN; EIGHT: THE OXFORD DON; NINE: THE FOUNDING FATHERS; TEN: THE IVY LEAGUERS; ELEVEN: THE PESSIMISTS; TWELVE: THE QUOTARIANS; THIRTEEN: THE POSTMODERNS; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX.

Since the very birth of democracy in ancient Greece, the simple act of voting has given rise to mathematical paradoxes that have puzzled some of the greatest philosophers, statesmen, and mathematicians. Numbers Rule traces the epic quest by these thinkers to create a more perfect democracy and adapt to the ever-changing demands that each new generation places on our democratic institutions. In a sweeping narrative that combines history, biography, and mathematics, George Szpiro details the fascinating lives and big ideas of great minds such as Plato, Pliny the Younger, Ramon Llull, Pierre Simo.

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George G. Szpiro , PhD, is a mathematician and journalist. He covers Israel and the Middle East for the Swiss daily newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung , for which he also writes an award-winning monthly column on mathematics. His books include Poincaré's Prize: The Hundred-Year Quest to Solve One of Math's Greatest Puzzles (Dutton).

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