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- DescriptionThe Belgian polymath Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet (1796-1874) pioneered social statistics. Applying his training in mathematics to the physical and psychological dimensions of individuals, he identified the 'average man' as characterised by the mean values of measured variables that follow a rmal distribution. He believed that comparing the features of individuals against this average would allow scientists to better explore the processes that determine rmal and abrmal qualities. Quetelet's methods influenced many, among them Florence Nightingale, and his simple measure for classifying a person's weight, dividing it by the square of their height, is widely kwn as the body mass index. First published in French in 1835 and reissued here in the 1842 English translation, this is his most influential work and includes a new preface that succinctly states his aim to be 'the analysis of rmal man through his actions and of intellectual man through his productions'.
- Author(s)Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet
- PublisherCambridge Library Collection
- Date of Publication16/03/2013
- Series TitleCambridge Library Collection -Philosophy
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note7 b/w illus.
- Weight240 g
- Width170 mm
- Height244 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Edited byT. Smibert
- Translated byR. Knox
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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