Three books that inspired David Adam while writing The Genius Within
THE MISMEASURE OF MAN BY STEPHEN JAY GOULD (£ 14.99, W. W. NORTON & COMPANY).
“Flawed but readable polemic on everything from IQ tests to how scientists should approach research on intelligence, and if they should do so at all. The updated second edition is considered the classic rebuttal to the book The Bell Curve.”
THE BELL CURVE BY RICHARD J HERRNSTEIN AND CHARLES MURRAY (£ 16.99, SIMON & SCHUSTER).
“Controversial analysis of real and claimed group differences in IQ. This is not a recommendation or endorsement, but I felt I should read it to judge for myself. The text is more measured than often claimed but it’s what one can read between the lines that is disturbing.”
SWITCHED ON BY JOHN ELDER ROBISON (£9.99, ONEWORLD).
“The latest in a series of books about the author’s experiences with autism, this offers a wonderful account of how brain stimulation seemed to activate long-dormant emotional awareness. And the results weren’t as positive as you might think.”