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The Mismeasure of Man (Revised & Expanded)

 
 
 
 
The Mismeasure of Man (Revised & Expanded)
Author: Stephen Jay Gould
ISBN 13: 9780393314250
ISBN 10: 393314251
Edition: Revised & Expanded
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1996-06-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
List Price: $18.95
 
 

The definitive refutation to the argument of The Bell Curve.

June Goodfield

In ''The Mismeasure of Man,'' his most significant book yet, Mr. Gould grasps the supporting pillars of the temple in a lethal grip of historical scholarship and analysis - and brings the whole edifice crashing down....It takes a master pen to bring history alive, and the chronological unfolding of this tale is told in a somewhat pedestrian manner. Its style stands in obvious contrast to Mr. Gould's earlier writings, though it still shows the flash of humor and the felicitous phrase. But ''The Mismeasure of Man'' demands a great deal from the reader. To understand the conceptual fallacy at the heart of the mathematical technique of factor analysis, which itself is a prerequisite for understanding the history of intelligence testing, requires some very hard work indeed - even though Mr. Gould attempts most valiantly to make his material accessible. -- New York Times