Principles of Social Science


Carey unabashedly believed in monism, writing that 'the laws which govern matter in all its forms, whether that of coal, clay, iron, pebble stones, trees, oxen, horses, or man are the same' (quoted in Sorokin, 1928: 13). But he went further. His three-volume Principles of Social Science applied Newtonian gravity formulations to terrestrial human movement.

(Barnes & Wilson, 2014)

Barnes, T. J. and Wilson, M. W. (2014) ‘Big Data, social physics, and spatial analysis: The early years’, Big Data & Society, 1(1), pp. 1–14. [link]