Newcomb, Simon (1835–1909)
Newcomb entitled his autobiography Reminiscences of an Astronomer (1903), devoted only 10 pages out of 416 to his activities in economics, and remarked: ‘Being sometimes looked upon as an economist, I deem it not improper to disclaim any part in the economic research of today’ (p. 408). The 1913 Encyclopaedia Britannica in a lengthy article describes him as ‘one of the most distinguished astronomers of his time’ and includes one sentence, ‘He also wrote on questions of finance and economics.’ The 1970 edition of the Encyclopaedia describes him as ‘the greatest American astronomer of the 19th century’ and repeats the remark that ‘he wrote on finance and economics’.
KeywordsCharitable giving Equation of exchange Newcomb, S. Quantity theory of money Wages fund
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