How Data Happened: A History from the Age of Reason to the Age of Algorithms

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.34 X 9.27 X 1.25 inches | 1.29 pounds

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About the Author
Chris Wiggins, an associate professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University, is the New York Times's chief data scientist. He lives in New York City.
Matthew L. Jones is a professor of history at Princeton University and has been a Guggenheim Fellow. He lives outside Princeton, New Jersey.
This is the first comprehensive look at the history of data and how power has played a critical role in shaping the history. It's a must read for any data scientist about how we got here and what we need to do to ensure that data works for everyone.--DJ Patil, former U.S. Chief Data Scientist
In a tour de force, Wiggins and Jones put data in context so that we can see the values, politics, and controversies that shape our present reality. This book is truly a semester-long class bottled into a narrative fit for vacation.--danah boyd, founder and president, Data & Society Research Institute
Sometimes the best way to understand the present and prepare for the future is to look to the past. This insight is at the core of How Data Happened, an ambitious and thoughtful work ... that will reshape how you will see the relationship between data and society.--Matthew J. Salganik, Professor, Department of Sociology, Princeton University, and author of Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age
An essential, authoritative history of the increasing power of data, how new capabilities have transformed society, and what we must do to ensure that today's technology reflects our norms and values.--Renee DiResta, technical research manager, Stanford Internet Observatory
Ambitious and bold.... A must-read for everyone interested in how data is changing our lives.--Gina Neff, executive director, Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, University of Cambridge
Wide-ranging.... An informative dive into the history of statistics and data, providing context for the debate over information and who controls it.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Trenchant and successfully illuminates the contingency of data's privileged place in modern decision-making. Incisive and thoroughly researched, this one's a winner.-- "Publishers Weekly"