Physics and Politics – Walter Bagehot
‘Physics and Politics’ is a description of the evolution of communities of men. The materials here are derived mainly from books, the surface to be observed being so extensive, but the attitude is precisely the same, that of a scientific observer. To a certain extent the ‘Physics and Politics’ had even a more remarkable influence on opinion, at least on foreign opinion, than ‘The English Constitution’ or ‘Lombard Street’. It “caught on” as a development of the theory of evolution in a new direction, and Darwin himself was greatly interested, while one of the pleasures of Bagehot’s later years was to receive a translation of the book into the Russian language.
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Biography of Walter Bagehot (from Wikipedia):
Bagehot was born in Langport, Somerset, England, on 3 February 1826. His father, Thomas Watson Bagehot, was managing director and vice-chairman of Stuckey’s Banking Company. He attended University College London (UCL), where he studied mathematics, and in 1848 earned a master’s degree in moral philosophy. Bagehot was called to the bar by Lincoln’s Inn, but preferred to join his father in 1852 in his family’s shipping and banking business.
In 1858, Bagehot married Elizabeth (Eliza) Wilson (1832–1921), whose father, James Wilson, was the founder and owner of The Economist; the couple were happily married until Bagehot’s untimely death at age 51, but had no children. A collection of their love-letters was published in 1933.
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