As a text for an undergraduate mathematics course for nonmajors,
Mathematics and Politics requires no prerequisites in either area
while the underlying philosophy involves minimizing algebraic
computations and focusing instead on some conceptual aspects of
mathematics in the context of important real-world questions in
Five major topics are covered including a model of escalation,
game theoretic models of international conflict, yes-no voting
systems, political power, and social choice. Each topic is
discussed in an introductory chapter and revisited in more depth in
a later chapter. This new edition has added co-author, Allison
Pacelli, and two new chapters on "Fairness" and "More Fairness."
The examples and the exercises have been updated and enhanced
Reviews from first edition:
This book is well written and has much math of interest. While
it is pitched at a non-math audience there is material here that
will be new and interesting to the readers...
For mathematicians, Taylor's book shows how the social sciences
make use of mathematical thinking, in the form of axiomatic
systems, and offers a chance to teach this kind of thinking to our
- The College Mathematics Journal
The writing is crisp and the sense of excitement about learning
mathematics is seductive. The political conflict examples are well
thought out and clear.
-Michael C. Munger
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