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William Petty and Political Arithmetic: The Origins of GDP

Philipp Lepenies

in The Power of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231175104
eISBN:
9780231541435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231175104.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Describes how in the 17th century, the Englishman William Petty proposed the idea of "political arithmetic" - i.e. the notion that rulers should base their political decisions on numbers and ... More


Entering the Whirlpool: ’Pataphysics, Futurism, Vorticism

Nico Israel

in Spirals: The Whirled Image in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231153027
eISBN:
9780231526685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231153027.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter establishes the crucial connections between spirals, vanguardist anti-aesthetic practices, and early-twentieth-century geopolitics. It discusses how Italian Futurism (which drew heavily ... More


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