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Political Numeracy: Mathematical Perspective on Our Chaotic Constitution

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From the impossibility of a perfectly democratic vote to a clarifying model for affirmative action debates, constitutional law professor and math enthusiast Michael Meyerson "provides an engaging and unusual perspective on the no-man's land between mathematics and the law" (John Allen Paulos). In thoroughly accessible and entertaining terms, Meyerson shows how the principl ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 17th 2003 by W. W. Norton Company (first published March 1st 2002)
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Kelly Jackson
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a math professor at a community college, I would much prefer that my students read and understand a book like this than that they can factor an expression. For any political science major, I think this is a must read.
Josiah Parry
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for any educated American Citizen. It walks through the origins of the US constitution and judiciary in a way that allows anyone to comprehend things such as the electoral college.
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Book divided into different mathematical topics by chapters. I was looking forward to reading it, but it was surprisingly fun.
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Shelves: mathematics, politics
A math-intensive look at using statistics & probability to determine a politcal outcome; especially various ways to resolve a democratic election with more than two candidates.
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I am a Professor of Law and Piper & Marbury Faculty Fellow at the University of Baltimore, specializing in constitutional law and American legal history.

I received my B.A. from Hampshire College in 1976 and my law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1979. I also studied at Middlebury College and am still proud that I graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. One of
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