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Trust in numbers : the pursuit of objectivity in science and public life /

by Porter, Theodore M.,
Published by : Princeton University Press, (Princeton, N.J. :) Physical details: xiv, 310 p. ; 25 cm. ISBN:9780691029085 (pbk.); 0691029083 (pbk.). Year: 1995 List(s) this item appears in: Political economy of gov. stats (Vikas Kumar)
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306.45 POR (Browse shelf) Not for loan 21793

Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-301) and index.

Introduction: Cultures of Objectivity -- Pt. I. Power in Numbers. Ch. 1. A World of Artifice. Ch. 2. How Social Numbers Are Made Valid. Ch. 3. Economic Measurement and the Values of Science. Ch. 4. The Political Philosophy of Quantification -- Pt. II. Technologies of Trust. Ch. 5. Experts against Objectivity: Accountants and Actuaries. Ch. 6. French State Engineers and the Ambiguities of Technocracy. Ch. 7. U.S. Army Engineers and the Rise of Cost-Benefit Analysis -- Pt. III. Political and Scientific Communities. Ch. 8. Objectivity and the Politics of Disciplines. Ch. 9. Is Science Made by Communities?

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