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A life of Sir Francis Galton : from African exploration to the birth of Eugenics

Auteur : Nicholas W Gillham
Éditeur : New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Édition/format :   Livre : AnglaisVoir toutes les éditions et les formats
Base de données :WorldCat
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"Few scientists have made lasting contributions to as many fields as Francis Galton. He was an important African explorer, travel writer, and geographer. He was the meteorologist who discovered the anticyclone, a pioneer in using fingerprints to identify individuals, the inventor of regression and correlation analysis in statistics, and the founder of the eugenics movement. Now, Nicholas Gilham paints an engaging  Lire la suite...
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Genre/forme : Biography
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Personne nommée : Francis Galton; Francis Galton; Francis Galton; Francis Galton
Type d’ouvrage : Ressource Internet
Format : Livre, Ressource Internet
Tous les auteurs / collaborateurs : Nicholas W Gillham
ISBN : 0195143655 9780195143652
Numéro OCLC : 46660114
Description : xii, 416 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Responsabilité : Nicholas Wright Gillham.
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A cousin of Charles Darwin, Francis Galton was an African explorer, the meteorologist who discovered the anticyclone, a pioneer in using fingerprints to identify individuals, a statistician, and the  Lire la suite...

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A splendidly readable and informative guide to Galton's life, works and impact ... the accounts of Galton's investigations of heredity and their reception make the book so useful and so absorbing ... Lire la suite...

 
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