Sensation and Measurement

Papers in Honor of S. S. Stevens

  • Howard R. Moskowitz
  • Bertram Scharf
  • Joseph C. Stevens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Psychophysics, Measurement, Sensory Physiology

  3. Hearing, Speech

  4. Vision, Taste, Warmth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. A. Leonard Diamond, Esther M. Smith
      Pages 339-349
    3. Edwin H. Land
      Pages 363-368
    4. Lawrence E. Marks
      Pages 369-378
    5. Howard R. Moskowitz
      Pages 379-388
    6. Martha Teghtsoonian
      Pages 411-420
  5. A Brief Autobiography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 421-421
    2. S. S. Stevens
      Pages 423-446
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 447-469

About this book


We planned this book as a Festschrift for Smitty Stevens because we thought he might be retiring around 1974, although we knew very well that only death or deep illness would stop Smitty from doing science. Death came suddenly, unexpectedly - after a full day of skiing at Vail, Colorado on the annual trip with wife Didi to the Winter Conference on Brain Research. Smitty liked winter conferences near ski resorts and often tried to get us other psychophysicists to organize one. Every person is unique. Smitty would have said it's mainly because each of us has so many genes that two combinations just alike would be well-nigh impossible. But most of us strive in many ways to be like others, and to abide by the norms (some smaller number try even harder to be unlike other people); as a result many persons seem to lose their uniqueness, their individuality. Not Smitty. He tried neither to be like others nor to be different. He took himself as he found himself, and ascribed peculiarities, strengths, and weaknesses to his pioneering Utah forebears, in whom he took much pride. His was the true and right nonconformity. He approached each task, each problem, ready to grapple with the facts and set them into meaningful order. And if the answer he came up with was different from everyone else's, well that was too bad.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Howard R. Moskowitz
    • 1
  • Bertram Scharf
    • 2
  • Joseph C. Stevens
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.U.S. Army Natick LaboratoriesNatickUSA
  2. 2.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.John B. Pierce Foundation LaboratoryUSA
  4. 4.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-2247-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2245-3
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