Justin Joque Researches philosophy, technology and media and is the visualization librarian at the University of Michigan.
Revolutionary Mathematics critically explores the mathematical systems behind the machinery of abstraction that drives capitalism today-in particular, the machine learning algorithms at the heart of the global platform economy. In linking Marxist theories of real abstraction to mathematical paradigms, such as Bayesian statistics, this challenging work equips critical thought with the tools to contest the hidden codes that run our world. -Alex Williams, University of East Anglia I have never before read a book on statistics at one gulp, but Justin Joque's investigation into the mathematical premises of algorithmic capital is a tour de force of radical forensics as compelling as any noir thriller. -Nick Dyer-Witheford, University of Western Ontario While almost everyone today is a critic of the capricious algorithms that saturate our lives, Joque takes us into the metaphysical underpinnings of these systems: the statistical methods that provide a phantom objectivity to machine learning, financial derivatives, and even scientific research writ large. Both intensely focused and rich with philosophical asides, Revolutionary Mathematics is an original and vital contribution towards understanding-and overcoming-digitized capitalism and its manifold oppressions. -Gavin Mueller, author of Breaking Things at Work