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The triumph of numbers : how counting shaped modern life

Author: I Bernard Cohen
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2005.
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The Triumph of Numbers explores how numbers have come to assume a leading role in just about everywhere in science, in the operations and s tructure of government, in the analysis of society, in marketing, in sports, and more.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: I Bernard Cohen
ISBN: 0393057690 9780393057690 0393328708 pbk 9780393328707 pbk
OCLC Number: 57008009
Description: 209 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. A world of numbers --
Numbers everywhere --
Numbers in history --
Numbers in the Bible : the sin of King David --
Consequences of David's sin --
2. New worlds based on numbers --
Kepler's harmonic law --
Galileo and the laws of motion --
Numbers in the life sciences : does the blood circulate? --
A first exercise in demography : how many people can the Earth support? --
The need for life tables --
A new world of numbers --
Sir William Petty and political arithmetic --
3. Numerology and mystic philosophy : scientists at play with numbers --
What's in a name? : converting names into numbers --
Numerology in science --
A crusader against numerological superstitions --
4. Numbers in the age of reason --
Hutcheson's moral arithmetic --
Hale's numerical plant and animal science --
Thomas Jefferson : a life regulated by numbers --
Benjamin Franklin and numbers --
Franklin and Malthus --
Franklin on numbers and smallpox --
5. New uses for numbers --
Numbers and measures --
A concern with numbers in France : Lavoisier's essay on political arithmetic --
Sir John Sinclair's census of Scotland --
Pinel's medical numbers --
Louis and the numerical method --
New uses for numbers : innovations by Condorcet and Laplace --
6. A deluge of statistics --
Tables galore --
Guerry's studies of crime --
7. Statistics reaches maturity : the age of Quetelet --
Numbers, number science, and Joyce's Ulysses --
Quetelet's world of numbers --
The budget of crimes --
The reliability of statistics --
Comte versus Quetelet : social physics, or sociology? --
What did Quetelet accomplish? --
8. Critics of statistics --
Carlyle and Chartism --
Dickens and statistics --
The Mudfog Association for the Advancement of Everything --
"Death's ciphering book" --
Corresponding disdain --
Facts and figures : the message of Hard times --
9. Florence Nightingale --
Sanitary reform : the evidence of the numbers --
A passion for statistics.
Responsibility: I. Bernard Cohen.
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