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The Life, Letters and Labours of Francis Galton

The Life, Letters and Labours of Francis Galton
3 Volume Set in 4 Pieces

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Darwin, Evolution and Genetics

  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108072441

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  • A controversial figure, Sir Francis Galton (1822–1911), biostatistician, human geneticist, eugenicist, and first cousin of Charles Darwin, is famed as the father of eugenics. Believing that selective breeding was the only hope for the human race, Galton undertook many investigations of human abilities and devoted the last few years of his life to promoting eugenics. Although he intended his studies to work positively, for eradicating hereditary diseases, his research had a hugely negative impact on the world which subsequently bestowed on Galton a rather sinister reputation. Written by Galton's colleague, eugenicist and statistician Karl Pearson (1857–1936), this four-volume biography pieces together a fascinating life. Volumes 1 and 2 are primarily biographical. Volume 3, published in two parts, focuses on Galton's later research on correlation, personal identification, and eugenics, and includes records of Galton's travels and occupations, and recollections of friends and family.

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    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108072441
    • dimensions: 325 x 250 x 155 mm
    • weight: 4.5kg
    • contains: 292 b/w illus. 2 maps 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Foreword
    2. The ancestry of Francis Galton
    3. Childhood and boyhood
    4. Lehrjahre and wanderjahre I – Medical studies and the flight to Constantinople
    5. Lehrjahre and wanderjahre II – Mathematical studies and Cambridge pleasures
    6. Fallow years, 1844–1849
    7. The reawakening: scientific exploration
    Appendix. Volume 2: Preface
    8. Transition studies: art of travel, geography, climate
    9. Early anthropological researches
    10. The early study of heredity: correspondence with Alphonse de Candolle and Charles Darwin
    11. Psychological investigations
    12. Photographic researches and portraiture
    13. Statistical investigations, especially with regard to anthropometry. Volume 3: Preface
    14. Correlation and the application of statistics to the problems of heredity
    15. Personal identification and description
    16. Eugenics as a creed and the last decade of Galton's life
    17. Characterisation, especially by letters

  • Author

    Karl Pearson

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