The Triumph of Numbers: How Counting Shaped Modern Life

The Triumph of Numbers: How Counting Shaped Modern Life

Description

The great historian of science I. B. Cohen explores how numbers have come to assume a leading role in science, in the operations and structure of government, in marketing, and in many other aspects of daily life. Consulting and collecting numbers has been a feature of human affairs since antiquity-taxes, head counts for military service-but not until the Scientific Revolution in the twelfth century did social numbers such as births, deaths, and marriages begin to be analyzed. Cohen shines a new light on familiar figures such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Charles Dickens; and he reveals Florence Nightingale to be a passionate statistician. Cohen has left us with an engaging and accessible history of numbers, an appreciation of the essential nature of statistics.


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Details

Author(s)
I. Bernard Cohen
Format
Paperback | 224 pages
Dimensions
142 x 208 x 15mm | 200g
Publication date
16 Jun 2017
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
New York, NY, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
ISBN10
0393328708
ISBN13
9780393328707
Bestsellers rank
1,369,326