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Author Donnelly, Kevin (Assistant professor of history), author

Title Adolphe Quetelet, social physics and the average men of science, 1796-1874 / by Kevin Donnelly
Published Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 219 pages) : illustrations
Series Science and culture in the nineteenth century ; 27
Science and culture in the nineteenth century ; no. 27
Summary Adolphe Quetelet was an influential scientist whose controversial work on social physics was praised by American reformers, but condemned by John Stuart Mill and Charles Dickens. His long and distinguished career brought him into contact with many of the Victorian intellectual elite, including Goethe, Malthus, Babbage, Herschel and Faraday. His theories even helped inspire Dostoyevsky to write Crime and Punishment. Donnelly presents the first scholarly biography of Quetelet, exploring his contribution to quantitative reasoning and his place in nineteenth-century intellectual history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-183) and index
Notes PDF (JSTOR, viewed Aug. 9, 2016)
Subject Quetelet, Adolphe, 1796-1874.
Intellectual life -- History -- 19th century.
Science -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0822981637 (electronic bk.)
9780822981633 (electronic bk.)