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The Error of Truth: How History and Mathematics Came Together to Form Our Character and Shape Our Worldview

Steven J. Osterlind

Abstract

The Error of Truth recounts the astonishing and unexpected tale of how quantitative thinking was invented and rose to primacy in our lives in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, bringing us to an entirely new perspective on what we know about the world and how we know it—even on what we each think about ourselves. Quantitative thinking is our inclination to view natural and everyday phenomena through a lens of measurable events, with forecasts, odds, predictions, and likelihood playing a dominant part. This worldview, or Weltanschauung, is unlike anything humankind had before, and it ... More

Keywords: quantification, quantitative thinking, statistics, probability, probability theory, worldview, Weltanschauung, mathematics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198831600
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198831600.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven J. Osterlind, author
Emeritus Professor, University of Missouri