What We Are Reading Today: Numbers Rule by George Szpiro

What We Are Reading Today: Numbers Rule by George Szpiro
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Updated 06 November 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Numbers Rule by George Szpiro

What We Are Reading Today: Numbers Rule by George Szpiro
  • The book explains how mathematical paradoxes and enigmas can crop up in virtually any voting arena

Since the very birth of democracy in ancient Greece, the simple act of voting has given rise to mathematical paradoxes that have puzzled some of the greatest philosophers, statesmen, and mathematicians. Numbers Rule traces the epic quest by these thinkers to create a more perfect democracy and adapt to the ever-changing demands that each new generation places on our democratic institutions.

In a sweeping narrative that combines history, biography, and mathematics, George Szpiro details the fascinating lives and big ideas of great minds such as Plato, Pliny the Younger, Ramon Llull, Pierre Simon Laplace, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John von Neumann, and Kenneth Arrow, among many others. 

Each chapter in this riveting book tells the story of one or more of these visionaries and the problem they sought to overcome, like the Marquis de Condorcet, the 18th-century French nobleman who demonstrated that a majority vote in an election might not necessarily result in a clear winner. 

Szpiro takes readers from ancient Greece and Rome to medieval Europe, from the founding of the American republic and the French Revolution to today’s high-stakes elective politics. 

He explains how mathematical paradoxes and enigmas can crop up in virtually any voting arena, from electing a class president, a pope, or prime minister to the apportionment of seats in Congress.

Numbers Rule describes the trials and triumphs of the thinkers down through the ages who have dared the odds in pursuit of a just and equitable democracy.


What We Are Reading Today: Mindful Thoughts at Home

Updated 05 December 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Mindful Thoughts at Home

What We Are Reading Today: Mindful Thoughts at Home

Author: Kate peers

Mindful thoughts at home is a lovingly gathered collection of reflections appreciating the often unnoticed details of what makes a house a home.“this book has come out at the right time, and is the perfect accompaniment to lockdown,” a critic commented in goodreads.com. The book contains 25 thoughts that “let you use mind-fulness to improve your living space, from decorating and cleaning to how to harness the light during the day and sleep more comfortably at night,” said the review. “by reading this book and embracing he mindfulness within it, you will be able to create a delightful and comfortable environment that will enrich your life and soul,” it added.“focusing on various  aspects of not only the home but the mind, this is a great book for anyone who wants to create a calming space for themselves within their home,” said the review. the book  “focuses on  creating a calming and peaceful home. it is filled with  reflections, meditations, and queries for you to use in order to create a mindful home,” the review added.