Numbers Rule: The Vexing Mathematics of Democracy, from Plato to the Present

This new book by George Szpiro details the various systems people have used through the centuries to elect popes, presidents, mayors, and even #1 ranked sports teams. Voting theory has made an appearance on this blog previously, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made a switch in their voting tabulation system recently. Szpiro’s book received an excellent review in the New Yorker magazine, a review that itself does a very nice job of sketching the various voting systems that have been tried, and the problems and advantages of each.

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