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Extreme Measures: The Dark Visions and Bright Ideas of Francis Galton Hardcover – Oct 31 2004


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  • Hardcover: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA; First Edition edition (Oct. 31 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582344817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582344812
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #609,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Sir Francis Galton (1822–1911), a cousin of Charles Darwin, once famously made a beauty map of Britain, counting the number of attractive women he saw in each city (London was number one). This eccentric Victorian snob is one of the greatest forgotten scientists: he invented modern statistics, coined the phrase "nature versus nurture" and popularized fingerprinting as a means of tracking criminals. He did all this in the name of his brainchild, eugenics. Galton was "preoccupied with distinctions of race, class and social status" and saw natural selection as a "prescription for human progress" and a "path to biological excellence." Author and biologist Brookes (Fly: The Unsung Hero of Twentieth-Century Science) writes with understanding but unsympathetic wit of Galton's racist ideas, laying bare his shocking cruelty toward his fellow man, which he tried to hide behind Victorian respectability. Though the book is a little slow in early chapters about Galton's youth, the history of his scientific career is worth persevering, for Brookes explores the mind of this polymath, illuminating how one man could both innovate modern genetics' most useful tools and completely misinterpret the results. Galton deserves his moment in the sun, and Brookes, with his respect for Galton's achievements and condemnation for his conclusions, is the right biographer to explain this controversial man. B&w photos.
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About the Author

Martin Brookes is the author of Fly: The Unsung Hero of Twentieth-Century Science. In a previous life he was an evolutionary biologist in the Galton Laboratory at University College London.


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