Quote by: Adolphe Quetelet

The determination of the average man is not merely a matter of speculative curiosity; it may be of the most important service to the science of man and the social system. It ought necessarily to precede every other inquiry into social physics, since it is, as it were, the basis. The average man, indeed, is in a nation what the centre of gravity is in a body; it is by having that central point in view that we arrive at the apprehension of all the phenomena of equilibrium and motion.

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Author Bio

  • NameAdolphe Quetelet
  • DescriptionBelgian astronomer, mathematician, statistician and sociologist
  • AliasesLambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet
  • BornFebruary 22, 1796
  • DiedFebruary 17, 1874
  • CountryBelgium
  • ProfessionAstronomer; Mathematician; Scientist; Criminologist; Statistician; Sociologist