How the Idea of a ‘Normal’ Person Got Invented
Source: The Atlantic
Byline: Todd Rose
Article summary: The notion that there is a “normal” height or a “normal” salary is a relatively new one, and it's had a profound effect on how people think about each other and themselves. Adolphe Quetelet, a Belgian mathematician, applied his experience in astronomy to study social behavior and developed a template for the "Average Man."