An Accounting Thesaurus. 500 years of accounting by Richard L. Chambers

By Richard L. Chambers

A compilation drawn from over 500 years of English language accounting literature reflecting a life of scholarly enquiry, this e-book contains over 5000 quotations of among 1-20 traces in size. The ebook goals to offer an historic standpoint in addition to an updated review of what accounting and accountants have been, are and do, and is meant either as a reference e-book and a learn instrument. Its diversity extends from common curiosity to the complex, masking principles, practices and criteria, expert and educational reviews, and the social and logical foundations of accounting; it additionally attracts at the paintings of students in different fields that experience a few relating accounting paintings and suggestion.

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Scientific and technological progress. The essence of scientific method is accurate measurement, systematic classification, and logical deduction, and these are just the processes which accounting brings to bear on economic life . . the development of a money measure of costs and benefits has been among the most powerful forces transforming traditional craft societies into the modern industrial state. Morgan, 1965, 55 Numbers imply precision, so it is a bit hard to get used to the idea that a company's net profit could vary by 100 per cent depending on which bunch of accountants you call in .

Double entry bookkeeping is a simple way of representing the cosmos of economic, or more precisely capitalistic, affairs, in the same way as, later, the great naturalists mastered the cosmos of the heavens and the processes of physiological systems. Double entry bookkeeping is based on the principle of treating all phenomena simply as quantities, the principle of quantification which has brought to light all the wonders of scientific knowledge, and which, here, for the first time in human history, is made the underlying principle of a system.

You called the book Accounting: Its Principles and Problems instead of Follies in Economic Behavior. Problems, yes: but principles, no. Could anything be more unprincipled? [letter of J B Canning to H R Hatfield on the latter's retirement from the University of California, 1937; in S A Zefif, Foreword to Scholars Book Co reprint (1971) of Hatfield's Accounting: its principles and problems] Canning, 1937/1971 At its worst chartered accountancy will break the average university man's heart with its rigid monotony, its pettiness, .

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