A poster promoting policy change in Australia’s fisheries, which features a list of seven numbers in its effort to persuade, serves as occasion to do ontology. A performativist analytic is mobilized to show the mutual entanglements of politics and epistemics within which these numbers, agential in policy, come to life. Three distinct types of entanglement are revealed. Numbers have different political valences, and mathematicians need to attend to these in order to act responsibly as mathematicians.
|Title of host publication||Mathematics, Substance and Surmise|
|Subtitle of host publication||Views on the Meaning and Ontology of Mathematics|
|Editors||Ernest Davis, Philip J. Davis|
|Place of Publication||Cham, Switzerland|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|