In this important new book, Steffen Mau offers a critical analysis of this increasingly pervasive phenomenon.
Author: Steffen Mau
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Social Science
In today’s world, numbers are in the ascendancy. Societies dominated by star ratings, scores, likes and lists are rapidly emerging, as data are collected on virtually every aspect of our lives. From annual university rankings, ratings agencies and fitness tracking technologies to our credit score and health status, everything and everybody is measured and evaluated. In this important new book, Steffen Mau offers a critical analysis of this increasingly pervasive phenomenon. While the original intention behind the drive to quantify may have been to build trust and transparency, Mau shows how metrics have in fact become a form of social conditioning. The ubiquitous language of ranking and scoring has changed profoundly our perception of value and status. What is more, through quantification, our capacity for competition and comparison has expanded significantly – we can now measure ourselves against others in practically every area. The rise of quantification has created and strengthened social hierarchies, transforming qualitative differences into quantitative inequalities that play a decisive role in shaping the life chances of individuals. This timely analysis of the pernicious impact of quantification will appeal to students and scholars across the social sciences, as well as anyone concerned by the cult of numbers and its impact on our lives and societies today.
The metric induced by the Robin function/Norman Levenberg, Hiroshi Yamaguchi. p. cm. - (Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society, ISSN 0065-9266; no.
Author: Norman Levenberg
Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.
This book reveals an interesting connection between classical (Newtonian) potential theory on R 2 n and the theory of several complex variables on pseudoconvex domains in C n . The authors bring together many results concerning the Robin function *L associated to the R n Laplace operator on a pseudoconvex domain in C n . Using the technique of variation of domains, the second author proved that, under mild regularity assumptions on the domain, - *L and log (- *L) are strictly plurisubharmonic. In addition to providing a new proof of this result, the authors discuss the asymptotics of the Robin function, the relationship between the Laplacian of the Robin function and the Bergman kernel function, and the completeness of the Kahler metric associated to log(- *L). The book is essentially self-contained and should be accessible to those with knowledge of the basic concepts of several complex variables, classical potential theory, and elementary differential geometry.