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Science  26 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5410, pp. 2025
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5410.2025

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The Politics of Large Numbers A History of Statistical Reasoning. Alain Desrosières translated by Camille Naish. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1998. 380 pp. $45. ISBN 0-674-68932-1.

Desrosières's narrative relates the development of modern statistics to the knowledge and power of governments, portraying it as a synthesis of scientific and administrative practices.