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Extreme measures : the dark visions and bright ideas of Francis Galton

Author: Martin Brookes
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"His measuring mind left its mark all over the scientific landscape. Explorer, inventor, meteorologist, psychologist, anthropologist, and statistician, Galton was one of the great Victorian polymaths." "But it was in the fledgling field of genetics that he made his most indelible impression. Galton kick-started the enduring nature/nurture debate, and took hereditary determinism to its darkest extreme. Consumed by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Francis Galton; Francis Galton; Francis Galton
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Brookes
ISBN: 1582344817 9781582344812 0747566666 9780747566663
OCLC Number: 54906675
Description: xviii, 298 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Dead on arrival --
Lunar orbit --
Boy wonder --
Growing pains --
Wilderness years --
The great trek --
A comependium for Crusoe --
Storm warnings --
Extreme states --
On the origin of specious --
Rabbit stew --
Question time --
Vital statistics --
The gravity of numbers --
Tips on fingers --
Home improvements --
Birmingham's forgotten son.
Responsibility: Martin Brookes.
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"His measuring mind left its mark all over the scientific landscape. Explorer, inventor, meteorologist, psychologist, anthropologist, and statistician, Galton was one of the great Victorian polymaths." "But it was in the fledgling field of genetics that he made his most indelible impression. Galton kick-started the enduring nature/nurture debate, and took hereditary determinism to its darkest extreme. Consumed by his eugenic vision, he dreamed of a future society built on a race of pure-breeding supermen." "Plagued by illness and poor mental health, Galton often let his obsessions run away with him. He turned tea-making into a theoretical science, counted the brushstrokes on his portrait, and created a beauty map of the British Isles, ranking its cities on the basis of their feminine allure." "Through the story of Galton's colourful life Martin Brookes examines his scientific legacy and takes us on a journey to the origins of modern human genetics."--BOOK JACKET.

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