Science: Widowers

Good scientists are insatiably curious. Sociologist Ray H. Abrams of the University of Pennsylvania, wondering how long a widower waits after the death of a first wife before getting married again, decided to explore the pages of Who's Who in America. Thousands of eminent widowers never remarry. But Dr. Abrams found 1,333 entries in Who's Who giving the date of a first wife's death and that of a second marriage. Among these remarrying widowers he found that the average interval was not very long—about two and a half years.

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