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Triumph of Numbers How Counting Shaped Modern Life

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ISBN-10: 0393328708

ISBN-13: 9780393328707

Edition: 2006

Authors: I. Bernard Cohen

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From the pyramids to mortality tables, Galileo to Florence Nightingale, a vibrant history of numbers and the birth of statistics. "Brief, lively, and highly entertaining."William Grimes, New York Times 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 antiquitytaxes, head counts for military servicebut not until the Scientific Revolution in the twelfth century did social numbers such as births, deaths, and marriages begin to be analyzed. Cohen shines a…    
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Born in Far Rockaway, New York, I. Bernard Cohen earned degrees from Harvard University. He holds the distinction of being the first person in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in the history of science. Later, Cohen established the History of Science Department at Harvard. Cohen has received many fellowships and has won the George Sarton Medal, awarded by the History of Science Society. Cohen is an author and editor, known for his books about Sir Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin.