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Extreme Measures: The Dark Visions and Bright Ideas of Francis Galton
by Martin Brookes | Biographies & Memoirs
Registered by stephjb of Torquay, Devon United Kingdom on 10/3/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by stephjb from Torquay, Devon United Kingdom on Friday, October 03, 2014

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Journal Entry 2 by stephjb at Polegate, East Sussex United Kingdom on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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I enjoyed reading this biography of the Victorian polymath Francis Galton. A lesser known cousin of Charles Darwin, he flitted between scientific obsessions after a period of African exploration, discovering and pioneering many things we still use today, such as some forms of statistical analysis and the symbols on weather maps, while at the same time being generally unpleasant to anyone he considered beneath him - that's anyone who wasn't rich, white and male - and getting into tiffs with several other scientists.
Martin Brookes writing style perfectly suits his subject as he is able to smooth over with humour the areas of Galton's life which are particularly anachronistic to 21st century readers while at the same time creating admiration for his genuine achievements. Perhaps Galton's primary obsession with eugenics is why he is not better remembered. The future horrors that were carried out in its name are always apparent in the parts of the book discussing it. However as someone who was very much a man of his time, Galton's life story makes for a fascinating read. 


Journal Entry 3 by stephjb at Camping Larrouleta in Urrugne, Aquitaine France on Monday, October 06, 2014

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