Mathematics and Politics: Strategy, Voting, Power, and Proof

authors: Alan D. Taylor and Allison M. Pacelli (1995)
date read: 12 March 2021
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I read eight of the twelve chapters, which was enough for now.

This book covers a bunch of ideas around voting and strategy. Each chapter covers one topic, and it’s broken up into easy-to-follow sections. There are plenty of relevant examples and explanations to follow, and the proofs were well-explained. (No “ABC is trivial” or “obviously XYZ”.)

This is a textbook, and at the end of each chapter there are lots of exercises to help cement the concepts. I didn’t do the exercises – I just read the prose.

I’d certainly pick this up again if I wanted to do a more in-depth study of the topic.

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