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The lady tasting tea : how statistics revolutionized science in the twentieth century

Author: David Salsburg
Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman, 2001.
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An insightful, revealing history of the magical mathematics that transformed our world. At a summer tea party in Cambridge, England, a guest states that tea poured into milk tastes different from milk poured into tea. Her notion is shouted down by the scientific minds of the group. But one man, Ronald Fisher, proposes to scientifically test the hypothesis. There is no better person to conduct such an experiment,
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Salsburg
ISBN: 0716741067 9780716741060 0805071342 9780805071344
OCLC Number: 45129162
Description: xi, 340 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: ch. 1. The lady tasting tea --
ch. 2. The skew distributions --
ch. 3. That dear Mr. Gosset --
ch. 4. Raking over the muck heap --
ch. 5. "Studies in crop variation" --
ch. 6. "The hundred-year flood" --
ch. 7. Fisher triumphant --
ch. 8. The dose that kills --
ch. 9. The bell-shaped curve --
ch. 10. Testing the goodness of fit --
ch. 11. Hypothesis testing --
ch. 12. The confidence trick --
ch. 13. The Bayesian heresy --
ch. 14. The Mozart of mathematics --
ch. 15. The worm's-eye view --
ch. 16. Doing away with parameters --
ch. 17. When part is better than the whole --
ch. 18. Does smoking cause cancer --
ch. 19. If you want the best person --
ch. 20. Just a plain Texas farm boy --
ch. 21. A genius in the family --
ch. 22. The Picasso of statistics --
ch. 23. Dealing with contamination --
ch. 24. The man who remade industry --
ch. 25. Advice from the lady in black --
ch. 26. The march of the Martingales --
ch. 27. The computer turns upon itself --
ch. 29. The idol with feet of clay.
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An insightful, revealing history of the magical mathematics that transformed our world. At a summer tea party in Cambridge, England, a guest states that tea poured into milk tastes different from milk poured into tea. Her notion is shouted down by the scientific minds of the group. But one man, Ronald Fisher, proposes to scientifically test the hypothesis. There is no better person to conduct such an experiment, for Fisher is a pioneer in the field of statistics. The Lady Tasting Tea spotlights not only Fisher's theories but also the revolutionary ideas of dozens of men and women which affect our modern everyday lives. Writing with verve and wit, David Salsburg traces breakthroughs ranging from the rise and fall of Karl Pearson's theories to the methods of quality control that rebuilt postwar Japan's economy, including a pivotal early study on the capacity of a small beer cask at the Guinness brewing factory. Brimming with intriguing tidbits and colorful characters, The Lady Tasting Tea salutes the spirit of those who dared to look at the world in a new way. -- Amazon.com

Discusses how statistics have changed the field of science in the twentieth century, focusing on the theories and ideas of famous scientists and thinkers.

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