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Political Economics: Old versus the New School

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

Newcomb did more than merely extol the desirability of using scientific method to attack current political and economic problems. He himself had developed into a political economist of some repute, ... More


Midcareer

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter reviews Newcomb's professional attainments during midcareer. After serving at the Naval Observatory since 1861 and after much political maneuvering, Newcomb was appointed superintendent ... More


Formative Years

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses Newcomb's intellectual meanderings in his younger years, and his first encounters with Joseph Henry and other practicing scientists. Newcomb was born in Wallace, Nova Scotia, ... More


Later Years

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter presents a brief look at Newcomb's later years. Retirement meant for Newcomb a realignment of work, not an end or even slackening of research, writing, and public speaking. Forced by law ... More


Religion: A Clash with Gray, Porter, and McCosh

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

In August of 1878, Newcomb gave a major address in Saint Louis as retiring president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He called for the separation of scientific reasoning ... More


Interactions with Wright and Peirce

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses Newcomb's interactions as a young man with Chauncey Wright and Charles Sanders Peirce. It is difficult to distinguish the influence on Newcomb of Comte, Darwin, and Mill from ... More


Physics and Mathematics: Public Understanding and Educational Reform

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter asks whether Newcomb ever apply his methodological strictures to fields closer to home. Did he bring his rhetoric into play in his frequent excursions into physics and mathematics, let ... More


Mental and Psychical Sciences: Challenging Current Beliefs

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

Although Newcomb was confident of the conceptual foundations of modern science, he did question the reliability of some of the superstructures built on them, and thus attempted to discredit the ... More


Influences of Comte, Darwin, and Mill

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter details Newcomb's exposure to the ideas of Auguste Comte, Charles Darwin, and John Stuart Mill. In the years bracketing 1860, many professors, ministers, and other illuminati in the ... More


American Science, Scientific Method, and Social Progress

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines Newcomb's perception of the institutional deficiencies of American science and his resulting call for wider public support of science. Seeking to convince the citizenry of the ... More


A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Albert Moyer

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

In late nineteenth-century America, Simon Newcomb was the nation's most celebrated scientist and—irascibly, doggedly, tirelessly—he made the most of it. Officially a mathematical astronomer heading a ... More


Newcomb and American Pragmatism

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

Newcomb embraced and then sought to propagate an enticing vision of scientific method. After tapping contemporary beliefs in a seemingly singular method capable of producing results both in and out ... More


Method, Rhetoric, and Newcomb

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

The words “scientific method” call to mind a set of rules, procedures, and criteria that enable scientists to govern and direct their study of nature. In the United States, during the closing decades ... More


Pragmatism and Methodological Rhetoric

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture: Simon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076891
eISBN:
9780520912137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0013
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

The intellectual and cultural world of the American pragmatists provides a telling historical context in which to place Newcomb's pronouncements on method; each sheds light on the other. Beyond the ... More


The Origins of Four-Dimensional Geometry

Tony Robbin

in Shadows of Reality: The Fourth Dimension in Relativity, Cubism, and Modern Thought

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110395
eISBN:
9780300129625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110395.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter takes a look at four-dimensional geometry, which Hermann Grassmann envisioned as a system where space and its geometric elements and descriptions can be assumed to other dimensions. The ... More


Benfordʼs Law Geometry

Lawrence Leemis

in Benford's Law: Theory and Applications

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691147611
eISBN:
9781400866595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691147611.003.0004
Subject:
Mathematics, Probability / Statistics

This chapter switches from the traditional analysis of Benford's law using data sets to a search for probability distributions that obey Benford's law. It begins by briefly discussing the origins of ... More


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