For your amusement: a list of all countries with at least 5 members of the Association for Symbolic Logic, rank-ordered by number of logicians per 10,000,000 inhabitants. Bonus info: percentage of women logicians in these countries.
|Country||# ASL members||% Women||per 10,000,000|
11 thoughts on “Most Logical Countries in the World”
I bet if you did the same for cities, Amsterdam would come up on top. You can’t really spit in Amsterdam without hitting a logician.
The New Zealand vs. Australia divide is quite striking!
Nah, Berkeley would come out on top. 23 logicians for 100,000 people; A’dam has 30 logicians but over 10 times as many people.
Berkeley is not a city. It’s a state of mind.
Those numbers give Amsterdam 405 logicians per 10,000,000 while Berkeley has 2190. So Berkeley is nearly 100 times as logical as New Zealand. (I doubt the numbers would come out quite so good if you included San Francisco and Oakland though – or the rest of the towns where the Berkeley logicians actually live.)To beat Berkeley you need some town with more than one logician per 5,000 residents – if, say, Benacerraf and Burgess and one other person at Princeton are in the ASL then Princeton would win, I think.
Of course, the data are interesting and informative, but one mustn’t forget that quite a few people who could qualify as ‘logicians’ (perhaps broadly construed) are not members of the ASL. I, for one, have been a member of the ASL at some point, but I canceled my subscription when I moved back to the Netherlands from the USA. As for the data on gender balance (thanks for that, Richard!): it confirmed an impression I had, namely that, generally, there seem to be more women logicians (proportionally) in ‘Latin’ countries. Italy is a particularly good example. What could be reasons for this phenomenon? I suspect that in roughly ‘matriarchal’ societies, where women are encouraged to be ‘strong’, there is less of a pressure to comply with the role model that ‘logic is for boys’. This being said, my native Brazil is not doing so well in terms of gender balance…
St Andrews has a population of under 17000, and has the Arché project…
St. Andrews also only has 2 ASL members.
Princeton wins if you take the population of only Princeton Borough, but not if you take Princeton Township.
Oh and the entire Bay Area has 82 logicians per 10,000,000.
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