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Calculated Values: Finance, Politics, and the Quantitative Age

Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 18, 2018. 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
History of Political Thought
Meeting Description: 

Professor Deringer will be giving a talk on his forthcoming book Calculated Values: Finance, Politics, and the Quantitative Age.

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.

Will Deringer is an assistant professor of science, technology, and society at MIT. His research focuses on economic and political knowledge and the practices through which they are made, especially calculations. His research ranges from the early-modern period to the present, and his particular interests include the history of the social sciences, historical and social studies of finance, and the history and sociology of quantification.

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