Interviews with mathematical sociologists
preprintposted on 06.03.2021, 10:25 by Christofer Edling
It is hard to exaggerate the role of mathematical tools for the advances of science.1 Indeed one needs only to pick up a copy of a science journal such as Nature or Science to realize that a god deal of technical skill is needed to follow the frontiers of science. The same can hardly be said about the frontiers of sociology and many other social sciences. Because of the tension between science and literature, a defining characteristic of sociology throughout its history, the role of mathematics in the advancement of sociology has always been, and still is an issue. In this paper I once more revisit the question of the possibility of a mathematical sociology through a set of interviews with mathematical sociologists.