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The Resource A life of Sir Francis Galton : from African exploration to the birth of Eugenics, Nicholas Wright Gillham

A life of Sir Francis Galton : from African exploration to the birth of Eugenics, Nicholas Wright Gillham

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A life of Sir Francis Galton : from African exploration to the birth of Eugenics
Title
A life of Sir Francis Galton
Title remainder
from African exploration to the birth of Eugenics
Statement of responsibility
Nicholas Wright Gillham
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 portrait of this Victorian polymath." "The book traces Galton's ancestry (he was the grandson of Erasmus Darwin and the cousin of Charles Darwin), upbringing, training as a medical apprentice, and experience as a Cambridge undergraduate. It recounts in colorful detail Galton's adventures as leader of his own expedition in Namibia. Darwin was always a strong influence on his cousin and a turning point in Galton's life was the publication of The Origin of Species. Thereafter, Galton devoted most of his life to human heredity, using then novel methods such as pedigree analysis and twin studies to argue that talent and character were inherited and that humans could be selectively bred to enhance these qualities. To this end, he founded the eugenics movement, which rapidly gained momentum early in the last century. After Galton's death, however, eugenics took a more sinister path, as in the United States, where by 1913 sixteen states had involuntary sterilization laws, and in Germany, where the goal of racial purity was pushed to its horrific limit in the "final solution." Galton himself, Gillham writes, would have been appalled by the extremes to which eugenics was carried."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gillham, Nicholas W
Dewey number
  • 576.5/092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QH429.2.G35
LC item number
G53 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Galton, Francis
  • Geneticists
  • Eugenics
  • Genetics
  • Geneticists
  • Genetics
  • Eugenics
  • England
Label
A life of Sir Francis Galton : from African exploration to the birth of Eugenics, Nicholas Wright Gillham
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 390-397) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Francis Galton in perspective -- I. Antecedents and beginnings. An enviable pedigree -- Metamorphosis: from birth to medical school -- A poll degree from Cambridge -- Drifting -- II. Geography and exploration. South Africa -- Making peace with Jonker Afrikaner -- Expedition to Ovampoland -- Fame and marriage -- Riding high with the Royal Geographical Society: The great lakes of Africa -- Riding high with the Royal Geographical Society: Stanley faces off with the geographers -- Weather maps and the anticyclone -- III. The triumph of the pedigree. Hereditary talent and character -- Gemmules, rabbits, germs, and stirps -- Nature and nurture -- Sweet peas and anthropometrics -- Probing the mind -- Fingerprints -- The birth of biometrics -- Galton's disciples -- Evolution by jumps -- The Mendelians trump the biometricians -- The triumph of the pedigree: eugenics -- Epilogue: Out of Pandora's box -- The first International Congress of Eugenics
Control code
46660114
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 416 pages
Isbn
9780195143652
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2001021612
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
A life of Sir Francis Galton : from African exploration to the birth of Eugenics, Nicholas Wright Gillham
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 390-397) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Francis Galton in perspective -- I. Antecedents and beginnings. An enviable pedigree -- Metamorphosis: from birth to medical school -- A poll degree from Cambridge -- Drifting -- II. Geography and exploration. South Africa -- Making peace with Jonker Afrikaner -- Expedition to Ovampoland -- Fame and marriage -- Riding high with the Royal Geographical Society: The great lakes of Africa -- Riding high with the Royal Geographical Society: Stanley faces off with the geographers -- Weather maps and the anticyclone -- III. The triumph of the pedigree. Hereditary talent and character -- Gemmules, rabbits, germs, and stirps -- Nature and nurture -- Sweet peas and anthropometrics -- Probing the mind -- Fingerprints -- The birth of biometrics -- Galton's disciples -- Evolution by jumps -- The Mendelians trump the biometricians -- The triumph of the pedigree: eugenics -- Epilogue: Out of Pandora's box -- The first International Congress of Eugenics
Control code
46660114
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 416 pages
Isbn
9780195143652
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2001021612
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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