Bibliography (Dictionary of World Biography: The 20th Century)
Curti, Merle. “Edward Lee Thorndike: Scientist.” In Social Ideas of American Educators. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1935. Curti disapproves of Thorndike and his methods.
Joncich, Geraldine. The Sane Positivist: A Biography of Edward L. Thorndike. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1968. A full-scale study of Thorndike and his work. The standard biography, covering Thorndike’s personal as well as intellectual development.
Murchison, Carl. A History of Psychology in Autobiography. Vol. 3. Worcester, Mass.: Clark University Press, 1936. Autobiographical sketch of Thorndike with emphasis on his studies in psychology.
Thorndike, Edward Lee. Man and His Works. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1943. Reprint. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1969. Consists of the William James lectures given in 1942 at Harvard University. First three chapters present facts about humanity and the remaining chapters concern applications of psychology. Provides good insight into Thorndike’s philosophy.
Wood, Robert S. Biographical Memoir of Edward Lee Thorndike. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Science, 1952. Useful background material on Thorndike’s personality.
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