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that Wells ever gave much attention to statistics, much less
an enthusiastic endorsement."
However, in 1931 H. G. Wells published his encyclopaedic
treatise on The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind, in which
he discussed the possibility of a rationally organized economic
system. He considered that some people "will attempt to substi-
tute a confused vision of romantic incoherence, a distorted and
foreshortened continuation of the past two thousand years, for
this plain prospect of a world with an adequate system of book-
keeping. Hut the movement of the last hundred years is all in
favour of the statistician" [Wells 1931, Vol. 1, 4321.
On the following page, he wrote that "This prospect of
a proper accounting in human affairs presupposes certain things.
It presupposes a vigorous extension of scientific enquiry into
the field of business, the development of a powerful body of
scientific workers in the social and economic field that such
institutions as the London School of Economics foreshadow."
Thus, Wells did publicly endorse statistics as an important
and useful field of study.