The Triumph of Numbers: How Counting Shaped Modern Life
In The Triumph of Numbers, his last work, I. B. Cohen explores how numbers have come to assume a leading role just about everywhere in science, in the operations and structure of government, in the analysis of society, in marketing, in sports, and more. Cohen shows how, not so long ago, the problems of government, science, and engineering led to the invention of the computer. It has been a long journey. Starting with true revolutionaries like Kepler and Galileo, Cohen introduces many players in the ascent of numbers, some barely remembered. On his way he shines a new light on familiar figures like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Charles Dickens (an avid statistician), and he reveals Florence Nightingale as one who thought through numbers and transformed British military medical practices. In this work, Cohen has left us with an accessible history, and an appreciation and understanding of the essential nature of statistics.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - danrk - LibraryThing
I was excited to find this short book in the stacks, but it ultimately fell flat as a whole. I enjoyed what the author set out to achieve: describing the many uses of numbers and some of the first ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DLMorrese - LibraryThing
A short, enjoyable history of how statistics came about, why it was resisted, and how it helped improve our understanding. There is stuff here I hadn't come across before in histories of science ... Read full review