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Who's Bigger?: Where Historical Figures Really Rank Hardcover – 14 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (14 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107041376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107041370
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is all fun: reputational face-offs are great entertainment. And, shrewdly, Skiena and Ward have an app. More seriously, historians will put quantitative analysis to good use - and their model may help historiographers grapple with Wikipedia.' New Scientist

'I confess to simply liking the book. I still do not care about the great order of things; nonetheless, I very much appreciate a huge amount of fascinating detail that the book makes available at one's fingertips, and the orderly manner in which it does that.' Alex Bogomolny, MAA Reviews

'… the authors' enthusiasm and sense of play are infectious.' Cass Sunstein, The New Republic

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In this fascinating book, Skiena and Ward bring quantitative analysis to bear on ranking and comparing historical reputations, aggregating the traces of millions of opinions, as Google ranks webpages. They present rankings of thousands of history's most significant people in science, politics, entertainment, and all areas of human endeavor.

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