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The Congressional apportionment problem is deceptively easy to state: How many seats in the U. S. House of Representatives does each state get? To answer that question, Charles Biles, award-winning Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Humboldt State University, examines the math and politics that has shaped government and power from the founding of the country to the modern day.

Employing an interdisciplinary approach that stems from his research in mathematical modeling and the modeling of natural resource systems, Biles tells a flowing evolutionary tale of how slight changes in calculating apportionment has wrought massive shifts in political power and even decided presidents. Bile’s work adds another chapter to the rich story of American history and the people, politics, and debates that continuously shape the political system we have today.

ISBN

978-1-947112-03-2

Publication Date

2017

Publisher

Humboldt State University Press

City

Arcata, CA

Disciplines

United States History

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For information about author Charles Biles, please click here.

To hear an interview with author Charles Biles, please click here.

For additional articles and resources on Congressional apportionment, please click here.

For apportionment population spreadsheets from 1790-2010, please click here.

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The History of Congressional Apportionment

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