Letters addressed to H. R. H. the Grand Duke of Saxe Coburg and Gotha, on the Theory of Probabilities,
as applied to the Moral and Political Sciences (...) Translated from the French by Olinthus Gregory Downes.London, Charles & Edwin Layton, 1849 Stock Code: 96972
NotesFirst edition in English, originally published in French at Brussels in 1846, presentation copy from the translator, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "R. Biddulph Esq./ with the Translator's/ Respectful Compliments". A pioneering work on probability and social statistics by the Belgian astronomer and mathematician Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874), who was "enormously influential in his day, in Britain and France as well as in his native Belgium. The distinguished astronomer Sir John Herschel helped circulate his ideas in Britain, notably giving Quetelet's book on probability an extensive review in the Edinburgh Review Interestingly another social scientist of the day, Karl Marx, was a Quetelet devotee" (Lynn McDonald (ed.), Florence Nightingale on Society and Politics, Philosophy, Science, Education and Literature, 2003, p. 12).
Octavo. Original purple cloth, spine lettered in gilt, yellow endpapers.
A little foxing. A very good copy in the original cloth.
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