The Little Mathematician Who Made a Big Difference: Nathaniel Bowditch

CarryOnMrBCarry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

“Every ship is in danger, every time it sails. But the more men know about navigation, the safer our ships will be, won’t they? Nat isn’t working to save just one ship. He’s working to make every ship safer every time it goes to sea. Every ship in America!”

Jean Lee Latham won the Newbery Medal in 1956 for her fictionalized biography, Carry on Mr. Bowditch. The story is about Nathaniel Bowditch, a widely unfamiliar yet important Early American figure for his contributions in the fields of mathematics and navigation. Bowditch lived from 1773-1838 in Salem, Massachusetts, and is known as the “Father of American Mathematics.” Continue reading “The Little Mathematician Who Made a Big Difference: Nathaniel Bowditch”