What We Are Reading Today: Counting by Eugenia Cheng

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Mon, 2020-10-19 01:19

The title of Counting contains some revealing wordplay: To count is to tally things up but, also, to count is to matter. 

In this book, political scientist Deborah Stone explores the ways in which these two meanings of “count” are intertwined in society. 

“She argues that our judgments are embedded in the way we count because of the decisions we make about what matters, and that we then use this to make concrete judgments that we claim are based on math when really they’re a result of our preconceived notions,” said Eugenia Cheng in a review for The New York Times. 

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