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The Resource Constitutional calculus : the math of justice and the myth of common sense, Jeff Suzuki

Constitutional calculus : the math of justice and the myth of common sense, Jeff Suzuki

Label
Constitutional calculus : the math of justice and the myth of common sense
Title
Constitutional calculus
Title remainder
the math of justice and the myth of common sense
Statement of responsibility
Jeff Suzuki
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How should we count the population of the United States? What would happen if we replaced the electoral college with a direct popular vote? What are the consequences of allowing unlimited partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts? Can six-person juries yield verdicts consistent with the needs of justice? Is it racist to stop and frisk minorities at a higher rate than non-minorities? These and other questions have long been the subject of legal and political debate and are routinely decided by lawyers, politicians, judges, and voters, mostly through an appeal to common sense and tradition. But mathematician Jeff Suzuki asserts that common sense is not so common, and traditions developed long ago in what was a mostly rural, mostly agricultural, mostly isolated nation of three million might not apply to a mostly urban, mostly industrial, mostly global nation of three hundred million. In Constitutional Calculus, Suzuki guides us through the U.S. Constitution and American history to show how mathematics reveals our flaws, finds the answers we need, and moves us closer to our ideals. From the first presidential veto to the debate over mandatory drug testing, the National Security Agency's surveillance program, and the fate of death row inmates, Suzuki draws us into real-world debates and then reveals how math offers a superior compass for decision-making. Relying on iconic cases, including the convictions of the Scottsboro boys, League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry, and Floyd v. City of New York, Suzuki shows that more math can lead to better justice, greater fairness, and a more stable democracy. Whether you are fascinated by history, math, social justice, or government, your interest will be piqued and satisfied by the convincing case Suzuki makes. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Suzuki, Jeff
Dewey number
320.97301/1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK1726
LC item number
.S89 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Representative government and representation
  • Probabilities
  • Mathematical statistics
  • Voting
  • Social justice
  • Mathematical statistics
  • Probabilities
  • Representative government and representation
  • Social justice
  • Voting
  • United States
Label
Constitutional calculus : the math of justice and the myth of common sense, Jeff Suzuki
Instantiates
Publication
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
Prologue: condorcet's dream -- The articles of the constitution -- Stand up and be estimated -- (Nearly) equal representation -- Weighting for a fair vote -- The impossibility of democracy -- Dragons and dummymanders -- The worst way to elect a president, except for all the rest -- The Bill of Rights -- Stop and frisk : the inefficiency of racism -- Reverend thomas bayes and the law -- "The man of statistics" -- Despair over disparity -- Once is an accident -- 6 5 10 n-angry men -- The peril and promise of social network analysis -- Strikes for three strikes -- The price of punishment -- Epilogue: the constitutional equation -- Notes -- Selected topical bibliography -- Index
Control code
881720468
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
280 pages
Isbn
9781421415956
Lccn
2014014600
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)881720468
Label
Constitutional calculus : the math of justice and the myth of common sense, Jeff Suzuki
Publication
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
Prologue: condorcet's dream -- The articles of the constitution -- Stand up and be estimated -- (Nearly) equal representation -- Weighting for a fair vote -- The impossibility of democracy -- Dragons and dummymanders -- The worst way to elect a president, except for all the rest -- The Bill of Rights -- Stop and frisk : the inefficiency of racism -- Reverend thomas bayes and the law -- "The man of statistics" -- Despair over disparity -- Once is an accident -- 6 5 10 n-angry men -- The peril and promise of social network analysis -- Strikes for three strikes -- The price of punishment -- Epilogue: the constitutional equation -- Notes -- Selected topical bibliography -- Index
Control code
881720468
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
280 pages
Isbn
9781421415956
Lccn
2014014600
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)881720468

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