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Lecture: Tamara Thornton

March 9, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers

Presented by Tamara Thornton

Cost: $5 for Adult and Child tickets. Free for Members.

Lecture begins at 7:00PM – Doors open at 6:15 PM

Tamara Plakins Thornton delves into the life and work of Nathaniel Bowditch, a man Thomas Jefferson once called a “meteor in the hemisphere.” Bowditch was a mathematician, astronomer, navigator, seafarer, and business executive whose Enlightenment-inspired perspectives shaped 19th-century capitalism while transforming American life. By examining Bowditch’s pathbreaking approaches to institutions, as well as the political and social controversies they provoked, Thornton’s biography sheds new light on the rise of capitalism, American science, and social elites in the early republic.

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March 9, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
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