Booth’s Poor Maps- Jack Merrywell

     I think Charles Booth was a remarkable scientist.  He took scientific research and applied it to the social sciences in a way that was very rare at the time.  Indeed, modern sociology was still a fledgling branch of science when Booth undertook his study of London’s poverty.  It is certainly unfair to think of Booth as anything but an intellectual and humanitarian pioneer.  His application of modern quantitative and qualitative research techniques (as opposed to the “best guess” methods of many of his peers) played an important role in shedding light on the truly mortifying situation that had beset what had once been the greatest city in the world.

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