How the Idea of a ‘Normal’ Person Got Invented

 Image description: A photo of military pilots in blue uniforms and white helmets all standing at attention.

Image description: A photo of military pilots in blue uniforms and white helmets all standing at attention.

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."