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Irving Fisher : a biography /
Robert Loring Allen.
Cambridge, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1993.
xv, 324 p. ; 24 cm.
1557863059 (acid-free paper)
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Cambridge, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1993.
1557863059 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [303]-312) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-11:
Irving Fisher was as close to a Renaissance man as the US is likely to have witnessed in this centruy. One of the best known and most respected of American economists, whose contributions to monetary theory, business cycles, tax reform, international finance, econometrics, and our understanding of capital and interest continue to be studied and praised by fellow practitioners of the dismal science, he also earned a reputation for his crusading role and writings on popular (and/or unpopular) social and political causes, including Prohibition, physical fitness and nutrition, eugenics, and world peace in general and the League of Nations in particular. His energies and insights also bridged the theoretical academic world of the social scientist and the more practical business and public arenas of the inventor, investor, and political adviser. Unfortunately, some of his personal characteristics--the urge to control, a dogged determination, and judgment--reduced his effectiveness and enjoyment of life, at least for those closest to him. In this well-researched, readable, first-rate biography of Fisher, Allen offers scholars and general readers alike a thorough and far-ranging account of this fascinating individual, touching upon the various aspects of Fisher's professional and personal life and writings mentioned above. General; advanced undergraduate through faculty. A. R. Sanderson; University of Chicago
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Irving Fisher was one of the greatest and certainly one of the most colorful American economists. Widely acknowledged as the chief architect of modern neo-classical economics, he was a writer and teacher of prodigious scope and output whose business career included the earning of a fortune from the invention of a card index system, and its subsequent loss in the Great Crash. He was also an active campaigner for numerous causes, including world peace, prohibition, and 100 percent deposit reserve money. This biography, focusing both on Fisher's personal life, as well as on his intellectual contributions, will be of wide interest to economists and of particular interest to American economics scholars who regard him as their pre-1950 giant of the discipline.
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Table of Contents
Irving Fisher: Scientist and Crusaderp. 1
The Making of a Scientist (1867-91)p. 20
The Scientist Matures and Expands (1891-8)p. 42
The Crusader Joins the Scholar (1898-1910)p. 80
Completing the Foundation (1910-15)p. 109
Tilting with Windmills (1916-24)p. 144
Making and Losing Money (1925-9)p. 179
Theorist, Reformer, Loser (1930-2)p. 219
Activist, Advisor, Politician (1933-9)p. 250
Moving into the Shadows (1940-7)p. 272
Epiloguep. 295
Selected Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 313
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