作者 Deringer, William, 1984- author
書名 Calculated values : finance, politics, and the quantitative age / William Deringer
出版項 Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2018
國際標準書號 9780674971875 (alk. paper)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 傅斯年圖書館西文圖書區  DA18 D433 2018    在架上    30530001304625
 人文社會聯圖  DA18 .D425 2018    到期 12-17-19    30650020072076
說明 xxii, 413 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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附註 "Modern political culture features a deep-seated faith in the power of numbers to find answers, settle disputes, and explain how the world works. Whether evaluating economic trends, measuring the success of institutions, or divining public opinion, we are told that numbers don't lie. But numbers have not always been so revered. Calculated Values traces how numbers first gained widespread public authority in one nation, Great Britain. Into the seventeenth century, numerical reasoning bore no special weight in political life. Complex calculations were often regarded with suspicion, seen as the narrow province of navigators, bookkeepers, and astrologers, not gentlemen. This changed in the decades following the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Though Britons' new quantitative enthusiasm coincided with major advances in natural science, financial capitalism, and the power of the British state, it was no automatic consequence of those developments, William Deringer argues. Rather, it was a product of politics--ugly, antagonistic, partisan politics. From Parliamentary debates to cheap pamphlets, disputes over taxes, trade, and national debt were increasingly conducted through calculations. Some of the era's most pivotal political moments, like the 1707 Union of England and Scotland and the 1720 South Sea Bubble, turned upon calculative conflicts. As Britons learned to fight by the numbers, they came to believe, as one calculator wrote in 1727, that "facts and figures are the most stubborn evidences." Yet the authority of numbers arose not from efforts to find objective truths that transcended politics, but from the turmoil of politics itself"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-398) and index
Preface: Quantification and its discontents -- Notes on style -- Introduction: Political calculations -- Finding the money: public accounting and political arithmetic after 1688 -- The great project of the equivalent: a story of the number 398,0851/2 -- The balance-of-trade battle and the party politics of calculation in 1713-1714 -- The preheminent bookkeepers in Christendom: personalities of calculation -- Intrinsick values: figuring out the South Sea Bubble -- Futures projected: Robert Walpole's political calculations -- Figures, which they thought could not lie: the problem with calculation in the eighteenth century
主題 Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1603-1714
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 18th century
Quantitative research -- Great Britain -- History
Numerical calculations -- History
Numerical calculations -- Political aspects
Persuasion (Rhetoric) -- Political aspects