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  • 16 Sep 2019
    T. W. Körner

    Why write an entire book about numbers?

    In the century preceding the French Revolution advanced mathematics began to play a role in ordinary affairs. If you wanted to find the position of a ship at sea, design fortifications or price annuities, then you needed mathematics. In a process accelerated by the Revolution, first the French and then the German states set up […]

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  • 9 Aug 2019
    Robert H. Blackman

    How Brexit is like the French Revolution

    No past event gives us a perfect guide to understand current affairs. Nevertheless, we could do worse than use our shared past to help us think through the remarkable political changes Britain has experienced since the 2016 referendum on leaving the European Union. One event in particular shares much of the political drama Britain has […]

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