Friday, November 18, 2005

Delaying The Action

For reasons I don't quite remember (I think it had something to do with how old great writers were when wrote their great works), Chris Nelson, someone else and myself were wondering how old Adam Smith was when he wrote The Wealth of Nations. This was several months ago.

I saw Chris this evening at the SEA conference during an IHS gathering and he reminded me of my task. Belated, here are the results.

Adam Smith was baptized June 5, 1723 (exact birthday unknown).

He published The Theory of Moral Sentiments in 1759 when he was about 36.

He published The Wealth of Nations in 1776 when he was about 53.

I guess that gives hope to the procrastinators.

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