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Calculated values : finance, politics, and the quantitative age, William Deringer

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Calculated values : finance, politics, and the quantitative age
Title
Calculated values
Title remainder
finance, politics, and the quantitative age
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William Deringer
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Language
eng
Summary
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.--
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1984-
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Deringer, William
Dewey number
332.109409034
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Quantitative research
  • Numerical calculations
  • Numerical calculations
  • Persuasion (Rhetoric)
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
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Calculated values : finance, politics, and the quantitative age, William Deringer
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Quantification and its discontents -- 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: calculating personalities and impersonal calculations -- 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
Control code
on1002830542
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxii, 413 pages
Isbn
9780674971875
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1002830542
Label
Calculated values : finance, politics, and the quantitative age, William Deringer
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Quantification and its discontents -- 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: calculating personalities and impersonal calculations -- 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
Control code
on1002830542
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxii, 413 pages
Isbn
9780674971875
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1002830542

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