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Your Life in Numbers: Modeling Society Through Data

Authors: Jensen, Pablo

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  • Unique combination from social and natural sciences points of view
  • Deals with the important political and philosophical questions raised by this new field
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About this book

More than 300 years ago, Isaac Newton created a mathematical model of the solar system that predicted the existence of a yet unknown planet: Neptune. Today, driven by the digital revolution, modern scientists are creating complex models of society itself to shed light on topics as far-ranging as epidemic outbreaks and economic growth. But how do these scientists gather and interpret their data? How accurate are their models? Can we trust the numbers? 

With a rare background in physics, economics and sociology, the author is able to present an insider’s view of the strengths, weaknesses and dangers of transforming our lives into numbers. After reading this book, you’ll understand how different numerical models work and how they are used in practice. The author begins by exploring several simple, easy-to-understand models that form the basis for more complex simulations. What follows is an exploration of the myriad ways that models have come to describe and define our world, from epidemiology and climate change to urban planning and the world chess championship.

Highly engaging and nontechnical, this book will appeal to any readers interested in understanding the links between data and society and how our lives are being increasingly captured in numbers.


About the authors

Pablo Jensen is a physicist at Ecole Normale Supérieure and former director of the Complex Systems Institute in Lyon. He founded the French scientific cafés in 1997 and authored "Atoms in My Cappucino ?! Can physics explain everything?" (in French, Seuil, 2001, more than 11000 copies sold so far). He has published a hundred articles in international journals in physics, economics and sociology. Presently, he works with social scientists to create formal tools that enrich our understanding of society.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-3

    Jensen, Pablo

  • Three Simple Models

    Pages 5-10

    Jensen, Pablo

  • What Can Be Learnt from Simple Models?

    Pages 11-13

    Jensen, Pablo

  • Reality Check for Simple Models

    Pages 15-20

    Jensen, Pablo

  • A Physical Simple Model

    Pages 21-23

    Jensen, Pablo

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-65103-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $24.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-65102-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Your Life in Numbers: Modeling Society Through Data
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Copernicus
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-65103-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-65103-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-65102-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 114
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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