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Nathaniel Bowditch and the power of numbers : how a nineteenth-century man of business, science, and the sea changed American life

Auteur : Tamara Plakins Thornton
Éditeur: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2016] ©2016
Édition/format:   Livre électronique : Document : Biographie : Publication gouvernementale provinciale ou d’état : AnglaisVoir toutes les éditions et tous les formats
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"Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838), a mathematician, astronomer, and insurance executive--and a major agent of Enlightenment-era change ... took his personal work habits and blended them with the certainty and predictability of the science that he studied, creating something completely new for his time: the impersonal bureaucracy. Enthralled with the precision and certainty of numbers and the unerring regularity of the  Lire la suite...
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Genre/forme: Electronic books
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Format – détails additionnels: Print version:
Thornton, Tamara Plakins, 1957-
Nathaniel Bowditch and the power of numbers
(DLC) 2015032057
(OCoLC)919252679
Personne nommée: Nathaniel Bowditch; Nathaniel Bowditch; Nathaniel Bowditch
Type d’ouvrage: Biographie, Document, Publication gouvernementale, Publication gouvernementale provinciale ou d’état, Ressource Internet
Type de document: Ressource Internet, Fichier d'ordinateur
Tous les auteurs / collaborateurs: Tamara Plakins Thornton
ISBN: 9781469628110 1469628112 9781469626949 1469626942
Numéro OCLC: 939597862
Description: 1 online resource
Contenu: Born into Salem --
Parts unknown --
The navigator --
Gentleman actuary --
Celestial events --
The prudent man --
The clockwork corporation --
Harvard and other imperfect mechanisms --
Apogee --
Final reckonings.
Responsabilité: Tamara Plakins Thornton.

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In this engagingly written biography, Tamara Plakins Thornton delves into the life and work of Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838), a man Thomas Jefferson once called a "meteor in the hemisphere."  Lire la suite...

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Thornton's biography of Bowditch is remarkably fluid and her rich narrative profiles the social, economic and cultural issues that surrounded this extremely complicated man. . . . Give[s] the reader Lire la suite...

 
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