Alain Desrosières

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Alain Desrosières (1940 – February 2013) was a statistician at the INSEE and a sociologist and historian of science at the EHESS (France), 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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