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Origins of American Scientists


reviewed by Karl W. Bigelow 1953

coverTitle: Origins of American Scientists
Author(s): R. H. Knapp, H. B. Goodrich
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This is an admirable piece of work. It is a lucid, persuasive report of a well-planned, thorough investigation into matters of great academic and, indeed, social significance. It presents all of the data collected, explains all of the analytical techniques employed, and sets forth and interprets the findings—in detail and in summary—with great expository skill. The authors, the Committee of the Faculty of Wesleyan University under the direction of which they worked, and the Carnegie Corporation, which helped to finance the study all deserve congratulations. The purpose of the investigation was "to discover what factors have in the past been most important in interesting undergraduate college students in science as a vocation." The first steps were to identify a population of 18,000 outstanding American scientists, discover when and where they had received their Bachelor's degrees, separate out the males among them who had graduate between 1924 and 1934 (inclusive), obtain estimates... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 54 Number 8, 1953, p. 460-460
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4961, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 4:39:53 PM

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