Artifice and the natural world: Mathematics, logic, technology

In K. Haakonssen (ed.), Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy. Cambridge University Press (2006)
  Copy   BIBTEX


If Tahiti suggested to theorists comfortably at home in Europe thoughts of noble savages without clothes, those who paid for and went on voyages there were in pursuit of a quite opposite human ideal. Cook's voyage to observe the transit of Venus in 1769 symbolises the eighteenth century's commitment to numbers and accuracy, and its willingness to spend a lot of public money on acquiring them. The state supported the organisation of quantitative researches, employing surveyors and collecting statistics to..

Author's Profile

James Franklin
University of New South Wales


Added to PP

249 (#32,892)

6 months
39 (#25,468)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?