Weekly Editorials Page
7/12 to 7/18, 2001

7/16/2001: Book Review: Dr. Anna Roe's, "The Making of a Scientist"
    In the early 1950's Dr. Anna Roe carried out a study of 60 eminent U. S. scientists to try to learn what it was that made them eminent. In 1952, she published the results of her study in a book called, "The Making of a Scientist". In the book, she presents the results of adult IQ tests that she administered to her 60 subjects. On her verbal IQ test, the "verbal IQ's" of her 60 scientists ranged from 121 to 177, with a median "verbal IQ" of 166. On her "spatial IQ" test, they spanned a range from 123 to 164, with a median IQ of 137. On her mathematical test, their "mathematical IQ's" stretched from 128 to 194 (raw score of 27 out of 39 questions), with a median value of 154. But on this mathematics test, these were the scores made by the "second string". The physicists' scores were excluded because the test was too easy for them. They sailed through it with perfect or almost perfect scores, giving rise to questions about what their "mathematical IQ's" would have been on a "mathematical IQ test" with enough headroom to accommodate them.
    The IQ's cited in Dr. Roe's study have been and continue to be widely quoted in relation to the IQ's of eminent scientists, so I decided to dredge up a copy of her book and judge for myself how she managed to measure adult IQ's at far higher levels than others have claimed. Are these deviation IQ's or ratio IQ's? are they based upon a standard deviation fo 15 or 16?  Also, if her VSM test really can assess IQ's far above those illuminable by any other IQ test, why is it no longer in use?

 Tonight, I'm trying a change that I hope can lead to improvements in this web site. Instead of presenting the week's news on one web page, I'm presenting "Today's Science News" a day at a time, with the option of viewing the week's news if desired. With 50 items a day appearing here, it can take a while for 300 or 350 items to load. Also, by backing off to one page a day, with weekly backup on demand, I can try to add images and, perhaps, brief commentary describing a few articles. To make it possible to reach back into the past, I'm reinstating the daily pages (please see DailyPages-2nd Half, 2001, above). I'll also incorporate the daily editorials into these pages, although for your convenience, I may keep them accissible on a cumulative weekly basis, so that you (and I) can more-easily find something that's been written in the past.
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