Quantifying the World: UN Ideas and Statistics (United by Michael Ward

By Michael Ward

Good info, Michael Ward argues, serve to augment a belief approximately lifestyles in addition to to deepen an realizing of truth. This heritage of the UN’s position in fostering overseas data within the postwar interval demonstrates how data have formed our figuring out of the realm. Drawing on good over forty years of expertise operating as a statistician and economist in additional than dozen nations all over the world, Ward strains the evolution of statistical principles and the way they've got answered to the desires of coverage whereas unraveling the query of why definite facts have been thought of vital and why different info and issues weren't. The ebook explores the industrial, social, and environmental dimensions of the UN’s statistical paintings and the way each one measurement has supplied possibilities for describing the future health of the realm group. Quantifying the realm additionally unearths the various neglected possibilities for pursuing replacement models.

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