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Galton, Francis 1822-1911

Works: 375 works in 1,135 publications in 2 languages and 15,661 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Guidebooks  Classification  Conference proceedings  Handbooks, manuals, etc  Genealogy 
Roles: Editor, Other, Compiler
Classifications: Q143.G3, 136.3
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Hereditary genius; an inquiry into its laws and consequences by Francis Galton ( Book )
126 editions published between 1869 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1869, Galton, a Victorian polymath, composed this first scientific study attempting to establish a link between lineage and accomplishment. In a work that remains controversial to this day, he reached the conclusion that intelligence and ability are inherited, and that intelligence itself is a major contributor to success in life. In the battle of nature versus nurture, Galton was of the opinion that nature will always win
Inquiries into human faculty and its development by Francis Galton ( Book )
98 editions published between 1883 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Since the publication of my work on Hereditary Genius in 1869, I have written numerous memoirs, which are scattered in various publications. They may have appeared desultory when read in the order in which they appeared, but as they had an underlying connection it seems worth while to bring their substance together in logical sequence into a single volume. I have revised, condensed, largely re-written, transposed old matter, and interpolated much that is new; but traces of the fragmentary origin of the work still remain. My general object has been to take note of the varied hereditary faculties of different men, and of the great differences in different families and races, to learn how far history may have shown the practicability of supplanting inefficient human stock by better strains, and to consider whether it might not be our duty to do so by such efforts as may be reasonable, thus exerting ourselves to further the ends of evolution more rapidly and with less distress than if events were left to their own course. The subject is, however, so entangled with collateral considerations that a straightforward step-by-step inquiry did not seem to be the most suitable course. I thought it safer to proceed like the surveyor of a new country, and endeavour to fix in the first instance as truly as I could the position of several cardinal points. The general outline of the results to which I finally arrived became more coherent and clear as this process went on"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)
Finger prints by Francis Galton ( Book )
29 editions published between 1892 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Although Galton was not the first to propose the use of fingerprints for identification (Sir William Herschel had used them in India for this purpose) he was the first to place their study on a scientific basis and so lay the groundwork for their use in criminal cases. He was able to collect a large sample of prints through his Anthropological laboratories, eventually amassing over 8,000 sets. His study of minutiae in prints provided the foundation for meaningful comparison of different prints, and he was able to construct a statistical proof of the uniqueness, by minutiae, of individual prints. Galton also provided the first workable fingerprint classification system, which was later adapted by E. R. Henry for practical use in police forces and other bureaucratic settings. Most of all, Galton's extensive popular advocacy of the use of prints helped to convince a skeptical public that they could be used reliably for identification
English men of science: their nature and nurture by Francis Galton ( Book )
40 editions published between 1847 and 1998 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Natural inheritance by Francis Galton ( Book )
35 editions published between 1889 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The art of travel, or, Shifts and contrivances available in wild countries by Francis Galton ( Book )
41 editions published between 1855 and 2010 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Narrative of an explorer in tropical South Africa : being an account of a visit to Damaraland in 1851 by Francis Galton ( Book )
25 editions published between 1851 and 1971 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For thousands of years men have believed in the benefits resulting from worthy parentage and the detrimental effects of evil ancestry; but it remained for the present century to produce an original thinker sufficiently capable and persevering to work out the subject of Human Heredity in its various branches, after Charles Darwin had illuminated the question of the progressive improvement and gradual transformation of species by natural selection. And fitly enough, it was a first cousin of Charles Darwin who took up this task, after having attained the front rank as a scientific traveller by his journey in South Africa, the record of which is here for the first time made accessible to the general public"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Essays in eugenics by Francis Galton ( Book )
29 editions published between 1909 and 2005 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Francis Galton's Art of travel (1872). A reprint of The art of travel; or, Shifts and contrivances available in wild countries by Francis Galton ( Book )
5 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Life history album tables and charts for recording the development of body and mind from childhood upwards, with introductory remarks by Francis Galton ( )
12 editions published between 1884 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This Album is intended for the use of persons of any age, however advanced, who may be inclined to begin to use it. They would have to supply records of past years as they best could, partly from their own memories and notes, partly from those of others, and thenceforward to keep the register up to date. Though their books would be incompletely filled, they would be of considerable interest, and certainly very much better than no record at all. Any one of them might serve as groundwork for an autobiography. This book is, however, especially suitable as a present in readiness for infants expected to be born, or for very young children, with the understanding that it should remain in charge of the parents for many years, who would make the necessary entries during that time. As soon as the child had grown old enough to appreciate its importance and to take charge of it, it would be handed over to him or her. In fulfilment of this two-fold purpose the Album contains tables suitable for every year from birth to extreme old age. It is possible in some few cases that the same book may be used as a register during the whole of a lifetime, because a fraction of the population--small relatively, but considerable in absolute numbers--are naturally disposed to register events methodically. Some of these may continue to make records to the end of their lives in the very same Album that their parents had initiated for them. The merit claimed for this Album is that it presents whatever it contains in an orderly fashion, and that while it affords space enough for essentials, it discourages prolixity. The Medical History and the Anthropometric Observations taken together, will supply a complete biological history up to date, which might frequently become an invaluable guide in determining future conduct. By turning over the pages of the book the main landmarks of the owner's past life will successively come under review in their true sequence and in their just proportions. His chief hereditary predispositions can be seen at a single opening of its pages 12, 13. The trials that his constitution may have undergone, through illness or over-fatigue of mind or body, are duly recorded, and their after effects as well. The good or bad influences of change in habit, diet, residence, and so forth, may be traced out. The progress of development, with its occasional arrests, is clearly pictured in the Charts of weight and stature. While the entries are proceeding, the insidious approach of preventable maladies may be detected and thwarted"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Vacation tourists and notes of travel in 1860 [1861], [1862-3] by Francis Galton ( Book )
in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Supplementary chapter to 'Finger prints' decipherment of blurred finger prints by Francis Galton ( Book )
8 editions published between 1893 and 1968 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The narrative of an explorer in tropical South Africa by Francis Galton ( Book )
19 editions published between 1853 and 2005 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Noteworthy families (modern science) an index to kinships in near degrees between persons whose achievements are honourable, and have been publicly recorded by Francis Galton ( Book )
6 editions published between 1906 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The art of rough travel : from the peculiar to the practical : advice from a 19th century explorer by Francis Galton ( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sir Francis Galton, FRS : the legacy of his ideas : proceedings of the Twenty-eighth Annual Symposium of the Galton Institute, London, 1991 by Galton institute (Londres) ( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fingerprint directories by Francis Galton ( Book )
7 editions published between 1895 and 2013 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Record of family faculties, consisting of tabular forms and directions for entering data, with an explanatory preface by Francis Galton ( Book )
5 editions published in 1884 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sociological papers by Sociological Society ( Book )
5 editions published in 1905 in English and Undetermined and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Genie und Vererbung by Francis Galton ( Book )
7 editions published between 1900 and 1910 in German and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Francis Galton
Galton, F. 1822-1911
Galton, Francis
Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911
Galton, Sir Francis
ゴルトン, サー・フランシス
English (630)
German (7)