Visions of the Future: Almanacs, Time, and Cultural Change, 1775-1870

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Why is it a laughing matter when an American president consults an astrologer, while political scientists, economists, and meteorologists all seem to depend on predicting the future? In this book, Perkins examines the "death" of astrology's respectability and links it to changing concepts of time in the nineteenth century; she explains the circumstances in which one type of knowledge, "superstitious," was replaced by another, "scientific."

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