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Studies in Human Biology

Naturevolume 115pages671672 (1925) | Download Citation



THE unhasting, unresting diligence of the great investigator who has been to Francis Galton all, and more than all, that Huxley was to Charles Darwin, makes us forget that “Biometry” is no longer a new subject. Prof. Raymond Pearl was not one of Prof. Karl Pearson's earliest disciples; pupils of an earlier generation, such as the president of the Royal Statistical Society, are happily still in their time of fullest vigour, and it will be many years before Prof. Pearl can describe himself as a veteran. Nevertheless, he is able to put forth a volume containing the fruits of twenty years' work with the tools forged by Karl Pearson in fields first surveyed by Francis Galton. The publisher's advertisement alleges, with more truth than usually found in such documents, that the book will interest twelve not entirely distinct categories of educated men, including biologists, medical men, economists, and mathematicians; the author, with equal truth, says that “a book of this sort can make only such claim for unity as inheres in the point of view of its author.”

Studies in Human Biology.

By Prof. Raymond Pearl. Pp. 653. (Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins Co.; London: Baillière, Tindall and Cox, 1924.) 8 dollars.

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