Adolphe Quetelet, Social Physics and the Average Men of Science, 1796-1875 (Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century 27)
By: Kevin Donnelly (author)Hardback
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Adolphe Quetelet was an influential scientist whose controversial work was condemned by John Stuart Mill and Charles Dickens. He was in contact with many Victorian elite, including Babbage, Herschel and Faraday. This is the first scholarly biography of Quetelet, exploring his contribution to quantitative reasoning and place in intellectual history.
Kevin Donnelly is Assistant Professor of History at Alvernia University. His research interests are in the history of science and intellectual history, broadly conceived, with a general interest in modern European ideas, including notions of progress, technology, and the sciences of man. Recent publications include 'On the Boredom of Science: Positional Astronomy in the Nineteenth Century' (British Journal for the History of Science, 2014) and 'The Other Average Man: Science Workers in Quetelet's Belgium' (History of Science, forthcoming).
Introduction: Two Average Men 1 Life in the War: The End of Enlightenment in Belgium, 1796-1823 2 Casualties of War: Quetelet and Friends in Ghent and Brussels, 1815-23 3 Stoking the Sacred Fire: The Administration of Observation in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, 1822-30 4 From Brussels to Europe: The Creation of a Scientific Network, 1823-9 5 Physique Sociale, 1825-35 6 The Other Average Man: L'Homme Moyen and its Critics Conclusion: The New Argonauts Epilogue: The Average Enlightenment Works Cited Notes Index
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