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Numbers Rule by George Szpiro

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CHAPTER NINE

THE FOUNDING FATHERS

With this we leave the irksome subject of voting and elections for a while to consider a different field of mathematical conundrums that plague democracies throughout the world. It is the problem of allocating seats in a parliament. Everybody would like to assign the number of delegates that a geographical region or a political party sends to the legislature in a fair and equitable manner. Unfortunately we shall see that the questions that will be raised are quite a bit as annoying, perplexing, and sometimes counterintuitive as the problems and paradoxes that occur when voting for a proposal or electing a leader.

“The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people. ...

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