Adolphe Quetelet, Social Physics and the Average Men of Science, 1796-1874 - Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century (Hardback)
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Adolphe Quetelet, Social Physics and the Average Men of Science, 1796-1874 - Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 01/06/2015
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Adolphe Quetelet was an influential scientist whose controversial work was condemned by John Stuart Mill and Charles Dickens. He was in contact with many Victorian elite, including Babbage, Herschel and Faraday. This is the first scholarly biography of Quetelet, exploring his contribution to quantitative reasoning and place in intellectual history.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781848935686
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 496 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 23 mm


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In this important and perceptive book, Kevin Donnelly casts new light on the scientific life of Adolphe Quetelet. Particularly in view of the wide range of his scientific interests, Quetelet remains a curiously understudied figure in the history of nineteenth-century science. This new biographical study goes a long way in correcting that deficit. It offers fascinating insights and will prove indispensable reading for anyone interested in the origins of the nineteenth-century rise of quantification.
Iwan Rhys Morus, Aberystwyth University"
"After reading all I could about Quetelet, I came away thinking that there was a serious need for a proper treatment of the man, and I was extremely happy to see that this book existed. It is very informative and provides the first sustained treatment of the most famous scientist no one has ever heard of. People need to know about Quetelet."
Todd Rose, Harvard University"

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