Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life

Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed American Life

by Tamara Plakins Thornton

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ISBN-13: 9781469626932
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 04/18/2016
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,298,570
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Tamara Plakins Thornton is professor of history at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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I loved this book from beginning to end. Well written, well argued, well organized, thoroughly researched, interesting, and thought-provoking, Tamara Thornton writes with complete command of both her immediate subject, Nathaniel Bowditch, and all the larger issues surrounding his life.--Sharon Ann Murphy, Providence College



Thornton tells a fascinating story with considerable grace, and her conclusions make a significant contribution to the issue of social, economic, and cultural transformation in the early nineteenth century. Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers is, among other things, a fluent biography of a significant if curious American public figure who possessed a broad splash of eccentricity that any reader would enjoy encountering.--Daniel Vickers, University of British Columbia

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