Recently I tracked down a large, dusty tome in our public library called, Genetic Studies of Genius, Vol. II, Edited by Lewis M. Terman, Stanford University Press, 1926, 842 pp. Needless to say, I have not the training nor disposition to have read the work entirely. But . . .The study was undertaken to try to see from historical and biographical data whether and to what extent genius is evidenced in childhood. Three “competent” authors selected pertinent psychological data from selected biographies of 300 “recognized” geniuses. This digested data was then submitted to Dr. Catherine Cox, Dr. Maude Merrill, and Dr. Lewis Terman, who estimated the I.Q.’s of the individuals involved. They are quick to point out that their estimate is not the I.Q. of the subject, but the I.Q. that would most reasonably account for the recorded facts.
Recently Dr. Torsten Althin brought to my attention a paper in Swedish, written by himself in collaboration with civil engineer George Spaak of Bergvik, Sweden, with the title, “A Single Microscope That Possibly Belonged to Emanuel Swedenborg.” The paper was published in The Technical Museum’s Yearbook Daedalus 1950, Stockholm. Dr. Althin, formerly the head of the Technical Museum of Stockholm, is now working at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The following is a digest of the main points of the article.
Two important books have recently been published in Sweden. One is a new Swedish translation of Emanuel Swedenborg’s De Cultu et Amore Dei and the other a doctor’s thesis dealing with certain aspects of this last work of Swedenborg’s scientific-philosophical period. The translation was made by Mrs. Ritva Jonsson and the thesis written by her husband, Inge Jonsson.The intention here is not to make a thorough examination of the works by the husband-wife team, but, in anticipation of such a critical review, merely to introduce the works to our readers.