Alain Desrosières

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Alain Desrosières (18 April 1940 – 15 February 2013) was a statistician at the INSEE and a sociologist and historian of science at the EHESS (France). In the 1980s and 1990s, he was involved in the early movement of pragmatic sociology in France. He is well known for his work in the history of statistics.[1][2][3] He is the author of The Politics of Large Numbers: A History of Statistical Reasoning.[4]


  1. ^ "L'UQAM décerne un doctorat honorifique à Alain Desrosières dans le cadre du 25e anniversaire du CIRST". Université du Québec à Montréal. 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Lorraine Daston (2000). "Why statistics tend not only to describe the world but to change it". London Review of Books. 22 (8): 35–36. ISSN 0260-9592. 
  3. ^ Raveaud, Gilles (15 February 2013). "Alain Desrosières est mort". Alternatives économiques (in French). 
  4. ^ Desrosières, Alain (1998). The politics of large numbers : a history of statistical reasoning. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-00969-1. 

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