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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.

Publication Info. 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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-183) and index.
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.
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Subject Quetelet, Adolphe, 1796-1874.
Quetelet, Adolphe, 1796-1874.
Science -- History -- 19th century.
Intellectual life -- History -- 19th century.
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form History.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780822981633 (electronic bk.)
0822981637 (electronic bk.)