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Karl Pearson : the scientific life in a statistical age

Author: Theodore M Porter
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Karl Pearson, founder of modern statistics, came to this field by way of passionate early studies of philosophy and cultural history as well as ether physics and graphical geometry. His faith in science grew out of a deeply moral quest, reflected also in his socialism and his efforts to find a new basis for relations between men and women." "Theodore Porter's portrait of Pearson extends from religious crisis and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Karl Pearson; Pearson, Karl <1857-1936>; Karl Pearson; Karl Pearson; Karl Pearson; Karl Pearson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore M Porter
ISBN: 0691114455 9780691114453 9780691126357 0691126356
OCLC Number: 52386158
Description: viii, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: An improbable personage --
Lehrjahre of a poetic wrangler --
Apostle of renunciation: a new Werther --
Pearson's progress: a nineteenth-century passion play --
Cultural historian in a political age --
Intellectual love and the woman question --
Ether squirts and the inaccessibility of nature --
Scientific education and graphical statistics --
The statistical reformation --
Composing a life.
Responsibility: Theodore M. Porter.
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"Karl Pearson, founder of modern statistics, came to this field by way of passionate early studies of philosophy and cultural history as well as ether physics and graphical geometry. His faith in science grew out of a deeply moral quest, reflected also in his socialism and his efforts to find a new basis for relations between men and women." "Theodore Porter's portrait of Pearson extends from religious crisis and sexual tensions to metaphysical and even mathematical anxieties. Pearson sought to reconcile reason with enthusiasm and to achieve the impersonal perspective of science without sacrificing complex individuality. Even as he longed to experience nature directly and intimately, he identified science with renunciation and positivistic detachment. Porter finds a turning point in Pearson's career, where his humanistic interests gave way to statistical ones, in his Grammar of Science (1892), in which he attempted to establish scientific method as the moral educational basis for a refashioned culture."--Jacket.

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