Loading... ## The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the…## by David Salsburg
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. No current Talk conversations about this book. An interesting overview of important men and women in the field of statistics from a statistics PhD holder. The author could not decide if he wanted it to be an entry-level statistics textbook, a set of small biographies of important people in the field of statistics or an autobiography. Ultimately, it was a poor mix of these and fell flat in trying to cover too much material from each of the three categories. The book also feels extremely dated, that author kept referring to "high-speed computers" and "digital computers" which made me think he might not have used them that often prior to retirement. ( ) Overview of the development of 20th century statistical methodology, particularly the "revolution" which replaced 18th century scientific belief in a clockwork universe with the emergence of messier probabilistic ideas, presented as a series of mini-biographies of the major figures of the field and their research interests. overview of statistical thought and progress in 20th century; needed more math, needed to show links between thought, needed actual examples rather that mere description of where used A bunch of mini biographies of statisticians, along with sort-of descriptions of why what they did was important. I say sort-of because there was often not enough for me to really understand why what they did was important—I will certainly accept that the difference between parametric and nonparametric statistics is vital and has real-world implications, but this isn’t the book to explain why, and maybe such a book would have to be a textbook. To me, the book hung awkwardly between “popular” and “science,” and I would have liked more on the latter. This book was not that great but worth checking out. no reviews | add a review
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Science is inextricably linked with mathematics. Statistician David Salsburg examines the development of ever-more-powerful statistical methods for determining scientific truth in |
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