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Political Geometry

Editors: Duchin, Moon, Nieh, Ari, Walch, Olivia (Eds.)

  • Explains the mathematics behind gerrymandering in an accessible way that does not assume a background in math
  • Discusses the way that testimony from mathematicians can provide a new angle of argumentation in gerrymandering cases
  • Writing from legal and policy experts explain the context and application of the formal concepts of geometry to their work
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Even though gerrymandering stretches US voting districts into absurd geometric complexity, this book shows how the guiding principles of sound mathematics can still be used to measure and demonstrate how unfairly partisan they have become. Anyone interested in the technical trickery of gerrymandered districts will benefit from an understanding of the mathematical spaces they exist in. 
Drawing from a series of workshops at Tufts University for training mathematicians to be expert witnesses in court cases about redistricting and gerrymandering, academics working in the legal system, public policy, and mathematics weigh in on the legal history of the Voting Rights Act and its subsequent renewals, extensions, and clarifications; “traditional districting principles,” especially compactness; metric geometry and mathematical ideas for perimeter-free compactness; basic rudiments of GIS and the technical side of how shapefiles work; the role of a mathematician as an expert witness; ideas for incorporating voting and civil rights into mathematics teaching.

About the authors

Moon Duchin is an Associate Professor of mathematics at Tufts University. ​
Mira Bernstein is the Executive Director of Canada/USA Mathcamp.

Megan A. Gall is the Voting Rights Project Social Scientist at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Justin Solomon is an X-Consortium Career Development Assistant Professor at MIT. 

Ari Nieh is a lecturer in Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication at MIT. 

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Geometry
Editors
  • Moon Duchin
  • Ari Nieh
  • Olivia Walch
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69161-9
Edition Number
1
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