The World in the Model: How Economists Work and Think by Mary S. Morgan (Paperback, 2012)
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- DescriptionDuring the last two centuries, the way ecomic science is done has changed radically: it has become a social science based on mathematical models in place of words. This book describes and analyses that change - both historically and philosophically - using a series of case studies to illuminate the nature and the implications of these changes. It is t a technical book; it is written for the intelligent person who wants to understand how ecomics works from the inside out. This book will be of interest to ecomists and science studies scholars (historians, sociologists and philosophers of science). But it also aims at a wider readership in the public intellectual sphere, building on the current interest in all things ecomic and on the recent failure of the so-called ecomic model, which has shaped our beliefs and the world we live in.
- Author BiographyMary S. Morgan, Fellow of the British Academy and Overseas Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, is Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics at the London School of Economics and University of Amsterdam. She has published on a range of topics in the history and philosophy of economics: from statistics to experiments to narrative, and from nineteenth-century Social Darwinism to game theory in the Cold War. Her previous books include The History of Econometric Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 1990) and Models as Mediators (Cambridge University Press, 1999, co-edited with Margaret Morrison). She has also edited collections on measurement, policy making with models and the development of probability thinking. In the broader sphere, the collection of essays How Well Do Facts Travel? (Cambridge University Press, 2011, co-edited with Peter Howlett) marks the conclusion of a major interdisciplinary team project on evidence in the sciences and humanities. Professor Morgan is currently engaged in the project 'Re-thinking Case Studies Across the Social Sciences' as a British Academy-Wolfson Research Professor, this year as a Davis Center Fellow at Princeton University.
- PrizesJoint winner for European Society for the History of Economic Thought Best Book Award 2013.
- Author(s)Mary S. Morgan
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication17/09/2012
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note71 b/w illus. 4 colour illus. 6 tables
- Weight760 g
- Width215 mm
- Height253 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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