Research

Books

Forthcoming with Princeton University Press: Scoring and Scouting: How We Know What We Know about Baseball

2015.The New Math: A Political History (University of Chicago Press).

Selected Reviews: Nature, Science, Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Isis, History of Education Quarterly, Mathematical Association of America Reviews, Pacific Standard

Refereed Journal Articles

2017.“Knowing By Number: Learning Math for Thinking Well,” Endeavour 41/1 (March 2017): 8-11.

2016.“The Taste Machine: Sense, Subjectivity, and Statistics in the California Wine-World,” Social Studies of Science 46/3 (2016): 461-481.

2016. “Mathematical Superpowers: The Politics of Universality in a Divided World,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 46/5 (2016): 549-555 [with Ksenia Tartarchenko]. Co-editor for this special issue on Cold War mathematics.

2015.“An Officer and a Scholar: West Point and the Invention of the Blackboard,” History of Education Quarterly 55 (Feb. 2015): 82-108.

2014.“The New Math and Midcentury American Politics,” Journal of American History 101 (Sept. 2014): 454-479.

2014. “In Accordance with a ‘More Majestic Order’: The New Math and the Nature of Mathematics at Mid-Century,” Isis 105 (Sept. 2014): 540-563.

2012. “Moneyball and Medicine,” The New England Journal of Medicine 367 (October 25, 2012) [with Jeremy A. Greene and Scott H. Podolsky].

2006.“Robert Woodhouse and the Evolution of Cambridge Mathematics,” History of Science 44 (2006): 1-25.

2005.“Augustus De Morgan and the Propagation of Moral Mathematics,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 36 (2005): 105-33.

Essays and Reviews

2017. “Fun and Games,” Science 358/6359 (October 6, 2017). [Review of Game Changers: Stories of the Revolutionary Minds Behind Game Theory by Rudolf Taschner]

2017. “Risky Medicine: How Good Health Became Big Business,” Boston Review (June 5, 2017). [Review of Risky Medicine: Our Quest to Cure Fear and Uncertainty by Robert Aronowitz]

2016. “Quantifying Culture,” Science 354/6308 (October 7, 2016), p. 45. [Review of Living by Numbers: In Defense of Quantity by Steven Connor]

2016.“Facts Versus Fallacy,” Science 353/6299 (August 5, 2016), p. 550. [Review of Truth or Truthiness: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction by Learning to Think Like a Data Scientist by Harold Wainer]

2015.“The Politics of Math Education,” New York Times (December 3, 2015), p. A35.

2015.“Keeping Score: Accounting for America’s Pastime,” Cabinet: A Quarterly of Art and Culture 56 (Winter 2014-2015), 73-79.

2015.“The New Math Strikes Back,” Time.com, February 11, 2015.