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

Albert Moyer


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 government agency, he spent as much of his life out of the observatory as in it, acting as a spokesman for the nascent but restive scientific community of his time. Newcomb saw the “scientific method” as a potential guide for all disciplines and a basis for all practical action, and argued passionately that it was of as much use in the halls of Congress as in the laboratory. In so doing, he not on ... More

Keywords: Simon Newcomb, observatory, scientific community, scientific method, Gilded Age, economic theory, science and religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780520076891
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520076891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Albert Moyer, author