By the Numbers: Numeracy, Religion, and the Quantitative Transformation of Early Modern England (Paperback)

By the Numbers: Numeracy, Religion, and the Quantitative Transformation of Early Modern England By Jessica Marie Otis Cover Image
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During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, English numerical practices underwent a complex transformation with wide-ranging impacts on English society. At the beginning of the early modern period, English men and women believed that God had made humans universally numerate, although numbers were not central to their everyday lives. Over the next two centuries, rising literacy rates and the increasing availability of printed books revolutionized modes of arithmetical practice and education. Ordinary English people began to use numbers and quantification to explain abstract phenomena as diverse as the relativity of time, the probability of chance events, and the constitution of human populations. These changes reflected their participation in broader early modern European cultural and intellectual developments such as the Reformation and the Scientific Revolution. By the eighteenth century, English men and women still believed they lived in a world made by God, but it was also a world made--and made understandable--by numbers.

About the Author


Jessica Marie Otis is Assistant Professor of History and Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780197608784
ISBN-10: 0197608787
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: January 4th, 2024
Pages: 280
Language: English