History of Statistics

History of Statistics

Can use this map, not only for Geography, but to get kids involved in national politics and interested in voting.

Can use this map, not only for Geography, but to get kids involved in national politics and interested in voting.

History of Statistics

History of Statistics

USSR info graphic, with one glaring error; they have a photo of Regan and Gorby labeled as Nixon meets with Gorbachev....

USSR info graphic, with one glaring error; they have a photo of Regan and Gorby labeled as Nixon meets with Gorbachev....

Stigler's History of Statistics is very enjoyable and walks you through the painful, groping arguments of Bernoulli, DeMoivre, Gauss, Laplace, etc as they sketched out the foundations of statistics.  I especially enjoy walking through a real problem as it was originally solved.  Sure you can get to the Law of Large Numbers in a handful of steps from Chebyshev's inequality, but it's so much more instructive to see how Bernoulli attacked the problem (unsuccessfully!).

Stigler's History of Statistics is very enjoyable and walks you through the painful, groping arguments of Bernoulli, DeMoivre, Gauss, Laplace, etc as they sketched out the foundations of statistics. I especially enjoy walking through a real problem as it was originally solved. Sure you can get to the Law of Large Numbers in a handful of steps from Chebyshev's inequality, but it's so much more instructive to see how Bernoulli attacked the problem (unsuccessfully!).

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