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
416 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 19 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2693-2
Published: April 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2694-9
Published: February 2016
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6393-7
Published: February 2021
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Awards & distinctions
2017 Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize, Massachusetts Historical Society
2016 John Lyman Book Award, North American Society for Oceanic History
Finalist, New England Society Book Awards, New England Society in the City of New York
Fleshing out the multiple careers of Nathaniel Bowditch, this book is at once a lively biography, a window into the birth of bureaucracy, and a portrait of patrician life, giving us a broader, more-nuanced understanding of how powerful capitalists operated during this era and how the emerging quantitative sciences shaped the modern experience.
About the Author
Tamara Plakins Thornton is professor of history at the State University of New York, Buffalo.
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