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Galton, Francis

Narrative Of An Explorer In Tropical South Africa : Being An Account Of A Visit To Damaraland In 1851

Published: Ward,Lock & Co., London, 1889

Edition: Later Edition

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Narrative  Of  An  Explorer  In  Tropical  South  Africa  :  Being  An  Account  Of  A  Visit  To  Damaraland  In  1851  with  a  new  map  and  an  appendix,  bringing  up  the  history  of  Damaraland  to  a  recent  date  Together  with  a  Biographical  Introduction  by  the  Editor. Also  Vacation  Tours  in  1860  and  1861, by  George  Grove, D.C.L., Francis  Galton, F.R.S., and  W. G. Clark, M.A.

320  pp. +  4  pp  publishers  catalogue  at  the  rear. Illustrated  with  line  drawings. Collated  complete.

The Minerva Library Of Famous Books,  edited  by  G. T. Bettany.
This  edition  contains  the  preface  to  the  first  edition, as  well  as  a  new  preface  by  the  author, especially  for  this  edition. Olive cloth boards with black and gilt titles - Pebbled cloth &  Skivertex. Recased  with  repairs  and  new  end-papers.Corners  bumped.

The  following  information  is  taken  from  Wikipedia :

"Sir Francis Galton FRS (16 February 1822 - 17 January 1911), half-cousin of Charles Darwin, was an English Victorian  polymath, anthropologist, eugenicist, tropical explorer, geographer, inventor, meteorologist, proto-geneticist, psychometrician, and statistician. He was knighted in 1909.

Galton had a prolific intellect, and produced over 340 papers and books throughout his lifetime. He also created the statistical concept of correlation and widely promoted regression toward the mean. He was the first to apply statistical methods to the study of human differences and inheritance of intelligence, and introduced the use of questionnaires and surveys for collecting data on human communities, which he needed for genealogical and biographical works and for his anthropometric studies.

He was a pioneer in eugenics, coining the very term itself and the phrase "nature versus nurture." His book, Hereditary Genius (1869), was the first social scientific attempt to study genius and greatness.As an investigator of the human mind, he founded psychometrics (the science of measuring mental faculties) and differential psychology  as  well  as  devising a method for classifying fingerprints that proved useful in forensic science.

As the initiator of scientific meteorology, he devised the first weather map, proposed a theory of anticyclones, and was the first to establish a complete record of short-term climatic phenomena on a European scale. He also invented the Galton Whistle for testing differential hearing ability".
  • Jacket Condition: No Jacket
  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: Small Octavo
  • Sold By: Tall Stories - Fine Books for Discerning Readers
  • Contact Person: M. M. Kempthorne & A. J. V Kruger
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: tallstories@megaweb.co.za
  • Telephone: 27 (0) 12 662 2829
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  • Trade Associations: South African Book Dealers Association


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