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The triumph of numbers : how counting shaped modern life

By: Cohen, I. Bernard

0393328708 / 9780393328707
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21 cm 224 p. : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: 2005.

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 - for example, in taxes or 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 analysed.

Cohen shines a new light on familiar figures such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Carlyle 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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