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[Bridgman, Operational Definitions in Sociology. [Inscribed by Harry Alpert: "To

[Bridgman, Percy Williams] Alpert, Harry.

Operational Definitions in Sociology. [Inscribed by Harry Alpert: “To Professor P.W.Bridgman – Cordially, Harry Alpert”].

[New York], American Sociological Review, 1938. Octavo. 8 pages. Original Offprint / Stapled. Very good condition with some minor signs of wear only. From the library of Nobel Laureate, Percy Bridgman. [Reprinted from American Sociological Review – Volume III, No.6, December, 1938].

Harry Alpert (1912 – 1977) was an American sociologist, best known for his directorship of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) social science program in the 1950s. During his time at the NSF (1953-1958), Alpert guided the development of the U.S. NSF’s earliest efforts to provide funding to the social sciences, and helped to establish the agency’s basic policy framework for funding social science research and fellowships. In his short five-year term as director, Alpert was able to establish a viable policy framework for NSF funding that would help to demonstrate both the value and scientific legitimacy of social science research.
Born to a Jewish family in New York City, Alpert completed his undergraduate studies at the City College of New York in 1932 before enrolling in Columbia University’s graduate program in sociology the following year. Alpert’s strong interest in French sociology took him to the French universities of Paris and Bordeaux from the period of 1932-1933. After completing his master’s degree in 1935, and his doctoral degree in 1938, Alpert took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago from the period of 1940-1941.

Although Alpert was interested in a range of foundational issues regarding the social sciences, Alpert’s doctoral dissertation, as well as a number of his early publications focused on the famous French sociologist Emile Durkheim. In an attempt to promote Durkheim’s social theories to American academic audiences, many of Alpert’s early studies as well as his highly influential book, Emile Durkheim and His Sociology, aimed to clarify how Durkheim understood the ontology of the social word, social science methodology, relations between the social and natural sciences, and the social relevance of social science. After Alpert received his Ph.D. in 1938, he worked as an assistant professor of sociology at the City College of New York. (Wikipedia)

Percy Williams Bridgman (April 21, 1882 – August 20, 1961) was an American physicist who received the 1946 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the physics of high pressures. He also wrote extensively on the scientific method and on other aspects of the philosophy of science. The Bridgman effect, the Bridgman–Stockbarger technique, and the high-pressure mineral bridgmanite are named after him. (Wikipedia)

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