Sherburne Cook

In existographies, Sherburne Cook (1896-1974) was an American physiologist, archaeologist, and population studies scholar, noted for []

Cook completed his AB in 1919 in biology, with partial studies in history, followed by his AM in 1923, and PhD in 1925 with a thesis on “The Toxicity of Heavy Metals in Relation to Respiration”, all at Harvard University. He then did post-graduate work at Harvard, for one year, the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin-Dahlem, and the University of Cambridge. In 1928, he became a professor of physiology at the University of California, Berkeley. [2]

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The following are quotes by Cook:

“The reasoning employed here is at least superficially similar to that underlying the principles of chemical kinetics. According to classical physical chemistry, in a bimolecular reaction the velocity is a function of the product of the concentrations of the two reactants: i.e., the number of active particles of each per unit space. The analogy is carried still further by the implicit assumption that, as molecules or ions are conceived by the kinetic theory to be in a constant state of vibratory motion, so the active units in a social test tube are likewise considered to be in continuous motion. Hence, the chemical reaction depends upon the probable number of collisions [see: collision theory] of particles, and, by analogy, the observed effect of the social reaction, here homicide, is a function of the collisions between personalities. The analogy, of course, breaks down in detail. In particular, with social kinetics the effect of collision is not equal and opposite but unilateral. The white man affects the Indian, but the Indian does not affect the white man. Since this is so, a simple product of populations is doubtless not an exact expression of the relationship. However, it is worth a trial as a purely empirical mode of expression and as a first approximation in a quantitative sense.”
— Sherburne Cook (1943), The Conflict Between the California Indian and White Civilization, Part 3: The American Invasion, 1848-1970 [1]

1. Cook, Sherburne. (1943), The Conflict Between the California Indian and White Civilization, Part 3: The American Invasion, 1848-1970 (§3: Social Homicide, pgs. 9-13; quote, pgs. 11-12) (pdf). University of California Press.
2. Borah, Woodrow. (1975). “Obituary: Sherburne Friend Cook (1896-1974)” (abs), The Hispanic American Historical Review, 55(4):749-59, Nov.

External links
‚óŹ Sherburne F. Cook – Wikipedia.

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