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Richard Price and the History of Science / John, Tucker

Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, Volume: 23, Pages: 69 - 86

Swansea University Author: John, Tucker

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Richard Price (1723–1791) was born in south Wales and practised as a minister of religion in London. He was also a keen scientist who wrote extensively about mathematics, astronomy, and electricity, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. Written in support of a national history of science fo...

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Published in: Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion
Published: London Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion 2017
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa40899
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Abstract: Richard Price (1723–1791) was born in south Wales and practised as a minister of religion in London. He was also a keen scientist who wrote extensively about mathematics, astronomy, and electricity, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. Written in support of a national history of science for Wales, this article explores the legacy of Richard Price and his considerable contribution to science and the intellectual history of Wales. The article argues that Price’s real contribution to science was in the field of probability theory and actuarial calculations.
Keywords: Richard Price, Joseph Priestley, William Morgan, Bayes Theorem, Insurance, Data analysis
College: College of Science
Start Page: 69
End Page: 86