Sir William Petty's Memoir (1623-1687): An English Physician, Scientist, and Cartographer

Author: Jordan, Thomas E.
Year:2012
Pages:168
ISBN:0-7734-4056-9
978-0-7734-4056-2
Price:159.95
The author wrote a faux memoir based on letters from William Petty that takes place six months before his death. A man of science and mathematics, this book is important precisely because it details his life experiences and family upbringing, his parenting style, along with how he accomplished everything. It takes a storytelling approach and reads like a novel. The main thesis of the book is that Petty developed the notion of salubrity, or quality of life, which he describes at length in these pages.

Reviews

“It will be a valuable asset to the extant libraries on such personalities of Petty’s time. It is deeply scholarly in the incisive manner in which difficult decisions must have been made as to what and how, to present the material in this format.”
Dr. Glen Reynolds,
Ph.D, University of Sunderland

(From the Foreword) “In this work I attend to what today we term quality of life, a concept first quantified by Sir William Petty. I do not mean to imply that this in this pseudo-memoir Petty employed the term; a man of his times used the term, salubrity.”
Thomas E. Jordan,
University of Missouri-St.Louis

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter One: Childhood and Youth
Romsey
At Sea
Caen
London
Tensions

Chapter Two: The Continent, London, and Oxford
Travel
London
Contacts

Chapter Three: Decades of Struggle
Ireland
Health
The Down Survey
Impeachment
The Restoration

Chapter Four: The Mature Years
Economics
Virtuosi
The Royal Society
Religion
A Family Matter
Anglo-Irish Relations
The Admirality Court

Chapter Five: Inventions and Writings
Ireland
Kerry
Writings
The Double-Bottom Boat
Transplantation
Religion
Maps
Chapter Six: The Instauration of Learning
The New Learning
Stirrings
Dublin
Ussher’s Library
Political Economy
Natural Philosophy

Chapter Seven: The Will
Notes
Index