Adolphe Quetelet, Social Physics and the Average Men of by Kevin Donnelly

By Kevin Donnelly

Adolphe Quetelet was once an influential astronomer and statistician whose arguable paintings encouraged heated debate in ecu and American highbrow circles. In making a technology designed to provide an explanation for the “average man,” he helped give a contribution to the belief of ordinary, such a lot enduringly in his construction of the Quetelet Index, which got here to be referred to as the physique Mass Index.  Kevin Donnelly offers the 1st scholarly biography of Quetelet, exploring his contribution to quantitative reasoning, his position in nineteenth-century highbrow background, and his profound impression at the glossy proposal of average.

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