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The Rise of Scientific Method

A. H. Halsey

in A History of Sociology in Britain

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199266609
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601019 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199266603.003.0003
The Rise of Scientific Method

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The history of the search for a science of society is traced back to the political arithmeticians of the seventeenth century. Social survey is defined. What is right and what is wrong with sociology is discussed in the context of historical development. Claims for statistical originality are considered in respect of Graunt, Pascal, Quetelet, Florence Nightingale, Galton, Fisher, Lazersfeld, and Yule. Booth's biography is retailed. Social surveys and sampling multivariate analysis and log linear modelling, and the new English statistics are put historically into the context of a developing society and its concern with social policy.

Keywords: health; political arithmetic; poverty; sampling; social policy; social survey; statistical societies

Chapter.  8047 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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