Political Numeracy: Mathematical Perspectives on Our Chaotic Constitution
From the impossibility of a perfectly democratic vote to the creation of a model that clarifies affirmative action debates, Michael Meyerson uses mathematics to open a fresh window onto American public life. In accessible terms, this text applies concepts of infinity to the abortion debate; provides an arithmetical justification of the Electoral College; uses topology to understand the shape of American government and Godel's incompleteness theorem to shed light on metaconstitutional problems. The text discusses how mathematics is not about reducing life to numbers and black-and-white solutions but instead offers a mind-expanding perspective on the complexities of the world.
W. W. Norton & Company
New York, NY
Politics & Government, Political Science, Mathematics
Meyerson, Michael I., "Political Numeracy: Mathematical Perspectives on Our Chaotic Constitution" (2002). Books. 47.