Coverart for item
The Resource Nathaniel Bowditch and the power of numbers : how a nineteenth-century man of business, science, and the sea changed American life, Tamara Plakins Thornton

Nathaniel Bowditch and the power of numbers : how a nineteenth-century man of business, science, and the sea changed American life, Tamara Plakins Thornton

Label
Nathaniel Bowditch and the power of numbers : how a nineteenth-century man of business, science, and the sea changed American life
Title
Nathaniel Bowditch and the power of numbers
Title remainder
how a nineteenth-century man of business, science, and the sea changed American life
Statement of responsibility
Tamara Plakins Thornton
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838), a mathematician, astronomer, and insurance executive--and a major agent of Enlightenment-era change ... took his personal work habits and blended them with the certainty and predictability of the science that he studied, creating something completely new for his time: the impersonal bureaucracy. Enthralled with the precision and certainty of numbers and the unerring regularity of the physical universe, Bowditch shaped some of New England's most powerful institutions, from financial corporations to Harvard College, into clockwork mechanisms. He ran his insurance company with rule-bound regularity, implementing systematic and novel paperwork procedures, methodical bookkeeping practices, and standardized filing systems, helping to usher in a new era of intellectual history"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
NcU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thornton, Tamara Plakins
Dewey number
  • 510.92
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QB36.B7
LC item number
T55 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bowditch, Nathaniel
  • Astronomers
  • Mathematicians
  • Industrial organization
Label
Nathaniel Bowditch and the power of numbers : how a nineteenth-century man of business, science, and the sea changed American life, Tamara Plakins Thornton
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223116651242
  • 31223116651259
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-373) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Born into Salem -- Parts unknown -- the Navigator -- Gentleman actuary -- Celestial events -- The prudent man -- The clockwork corporation -- Harvard and other imperfect mechanisms -- Apogee -- Final reckonings
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 402 pages
Isbn
9781469626932
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015032057
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 919252679
  • 919252679
  • (OCoLC)919252679
Label
Nathaniel Bowditch and the power of numbers : how a nineteenth-century man of business, science, and the sea changed American life, Tamara Plakins Thornton
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223116651242
  • 31223116651259
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-373) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Born into Salem -- Parts unknown -- the Navigator -- Gentleman actuary -- Celestial events -- The prudent man -- The clockwork corporation -- Harvard and other imperfect mechanisms -- Apogee -- Final reckonings
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 402 pages
Isbn
9781469626932
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015032057
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 919252679
  • 919252679
  • (OCoLC)919252679

Library Locations

    • San Francisco Public LibraryBorrow it
      100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102, US
      37.779376 -122.415795