The Bell Curve Debate (book)

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The Bell Curve Debate: History, Documents, Opinions
Author Russell Jacoby, Naomi Glauberman, editors
Publisher Random House
Publication date
Media type Softcover
Pages 720
ISBN ISBN 0-8129-2587-4
OCLC 31969295
305.9/082 20
LC Class BF431 .B3748 1995

The Bell Curve Debate[1] is a response to The Bell Curve, by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray. It includes 81 articles by 81 authors and is edited by University of California, Los Angeles historian Russell Jacoby and writer Naomi Glauberman. Contemporary authors whose writings are collected in the book include K. Anthony Appiah, Gregg Easterbrook, Howard Gardner, Eugene D. Genovese, Nathan Glazer, Stephen Jay Gould, Bob Herbert, Richard Herrnstein, Christopher Hitchens, Irving Louis Horowitz, Arthur Jensen, Leon J. Kamin, Charles Lane, Glenn C. Loury, Richard E. Nisbett, Nell Irvin Painter, Hugh Pearson, Adolph Reed Jr., Carl Rowan, Alan Ryan, Brent Staples, Ellen Willis, and Christopher Winship. The book also republishes historical materials by authors including Carl Brigham, Theodosius Dobzhansky, Francis Galton, Walter Lippmann, Karl Pearson, and Lewis Terman. The publisher, Times Books, describes The Bell Curve Debate as a compilation of "the best of recent reviews and essays, and salient documents drawn from the curious history of this heated debate" capturing "the fervor, anger, and scope of an almost unprecedented national argument over the very idea of democracy and the possibility of a tolerant, multiracial America. It is an essential companion and answer to The Bell Curve and provides scholarship and polemic from every point of view."

Since publication, The Bell Curve Debate has been cited by books describing the issues surrounding IQ testing and scores of various social groups in the United States.[2][3][4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ Jacoby, Russell; Glauberman, Naomi, eds. (1995). The Bell Curve Debate: History, Documents, Opinions. New York: Times Books. ISBN 0-8129-2587-4. LCCN 95003797. Lay summary (14 August 2015). 
  2. ^ Devlin, Bernie; Fienberg, Stephen E.; Resnick, Daniel P.; Roeder, Kathryn, eds. (1997). Intelligence, Genes, and Success: Scientists Respond to the Bell Curve. New York (NY): Springer. pp. 255, 350–351. ISBN 978-0-387-94986-4. Lay summary (14 August 2015). 
  3. ^ Zenderland, Leila (23 April 2001). Measuring Minds: Henry Herbert Goddard and the Origins of American Intelligence Testing. Cambridge University Press. p. 366. ISBN 978-0-521-00363-6. Retrieved 14 August 2015. Lay summary (14 August 2015). 
  4. ^ Fish, Jefferson M., ed. (2002). Race and Intelligence: Separating Science From Myth. Mahwah (NJ): Laurence Erlbaum Associates. pp. 92, 196–197. ISBN 978-0-8058-3757-5. Retrieved 14 August 2015 – via Questia. (subscription required (help)). Lay summary (30 August 2010). 
  5. ^ Nyborg, Helmuth, ed. (2003). The Scientific Study of General Intelligence: Tribute to Arthur R. Jensen. Amsterdam: Pergamon. pp. 500, 578, 593. ISBN 978-0-08-043793-4. Lay summary (16 May 2013). 
  6. ^ Jackson, John P.; Weidman, Nadine M. (1 January 2004). Race, Racism, and Science: Social Impact and Interaction. ABC-CLIO. pp. 235, 380. ISBN 978-1-85109-448-6. Retrieved 14 August 2015. Lay summary (14 August 2015). 
  7. ^ Hilliard, Constance (30 April 2012). Straightening the Bell Curve: How Stereotypes about Black Masculinity Drive Research on Race and Intelligence. Potomac Books. p. 140. ISBN 978-1-61234-191-0. 

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