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The history of statistics : the measurement of uncertainty before 1900

Author: Stephen M Stigler
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1986.
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Stigler shows how statistics arose from the interplay of mathematical concepts and the needs of several applied sciences. His emphasis is upon how methods of probability theory were developed for  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stigler, Stephen M.
History of statistics.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1986
(OCoLC)623114336
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen M Stigler
ISBN: 0674403401 9780674403406 067440341X 9780674403413
OCLC Number: 12972377
Description: xvi, 410 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. The development of mathematical statistics in astronomy and geodesy before 1827. Least squares and the combination of observations --
Probabilists and the measurement of uncertainty --
Inverse probability --
The Gauss-Laplace synthesis --
pt. II. The struggle to extend a calculus of probabilities to the social sciences. Quetelet's two attempts --
Attempts to revive the binomial --
Psychophysics as a counterpoint --
pt. III. A breakthrough in studies of heredity. The English breakthrough: Galton --
The next generation: Edgeworth --
Pearson and Yule --
Appendix A. Syllabus for Edgeworth's 1885 lectures --
Appendix B. Syllabus for Edgeworth's 1892 Newmarch lectures.
Responsibility: Stephen M. Stigler.
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