calculating, calculative, conniving, scheming, shrewd
Meaning: used of persons; "the most calculating and selfish men in the community"
A calculating look came into Harrington's eye.
They were the first astronomers, calculating eclipses, and watching the periods of planets and constellations.
Such, in brief, was the terrifying creature which now elongated its neck, and, over the top step of the porch, bent a calculating scrutiny upon the wistful and slumberous Duke.
Now the people which is thus carried away by the illusions of glory is unquestionably the most cold and calculating, the most unmilitary (if I may use the expression), and the most prosaic of all the peoples of the earth.
If you say that all this, too, can be calculated and tabulated--chaos and darkness and curses, so that the mere possibility of calculating it all beforehand would stop it all, and reason would reassert itself, then man would purposely go mad in order to be rid of reason and gain his point!