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!).
Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace. "French mathematician and astronomer whose work was pivotal to the development of mathematical astronomy and statistics...He restated and developed the nebular hypothesis of the origin of the solar system and was one of the first scientists to postulate the existence of black holes and the notion of gravitational collapse. Laplace is remembered as one of the greatest scientists of all time." I'd NEVER heard of him before. Stupid Anglo-American-centric…
Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) - Gauss's portrait published in Astronomische Nachrichten 1828 / a German mathematician who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, geophysics, mechanics, electrostatics, astronomy, matrix theory, and optics.
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I hate how a lot of people are so negative and critical of homeschooling. Not saying that public schools are all bad. I'm just that my parents choose to homeschool me because I think it was the best thing for me.