Extreme Measures: The Dark Visions and Bright Ideas of Francis Galton. Martin Brookes.

Extreme Measures: The Dark Visions and Bright Ideas of Francis Galton

New York: Bloomsbury, 2004.

Stated First Edition. Hardcover. Stated First Edition with full number line indicating first printing. 8 1/2" X 5 3/4". xviii, 298pp. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Black cloth over boards with spine lettered in silver. Bumps to top and bottom edges of spine. A spot of light toning to edge of text block. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm and sound.

"Count wherever you can" was the motto of Sir Francis Galton's extraordinary life. His measuring mind left its mark all over the scientific landscape. Explorer, inventor, meteorologist, psychologist, anthropologist, and statistician, Galton was one of the great Victorian polymaths. And his obsessive quest for knowledge extended far beyond conventional fields of learning. He turned tea-making into a theoretical science, counted the brush strokes on his portrait, and created a beauty map of the British Isles, ranking its cities on the basis of their feminine allure. But it was in the fledgling field of genetics that he made his most indelible impression. Galton kick-started the enduring nature/nurture debate and took hereditary determinism to its darkest extreme, dreaming of a future society built on a race of pure-breeding supermen.

Through this colorful biography, Martin Brookes examines Galton's scientific legacy and takes us on a fascinating journey to the origins of modern human genetics.(Publisher). Very good / very good. Item #7073
ISBN: 1582344817

Price: $15.00