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Oral history interview with John Wilder Tukey, 1984 Apr. 11.

Author: John W Tukey; William Aspray
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Publication:Princeton mathematics community in the 1930s : an oral history project
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Tukey tells something about his background and about how he came to do graduate work at Princeton, where he earned his Ph. D. in topology. Tukey talks about his wartime work (at Fire Control Research in Princeton) and how as a result of that work statistics came to be his principal interest. He talks about fellow mathematicians, including Frederick Mosteller, Charles Winsor, Sam Wilks, and George Snedecor. Tukey  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: John W Tukey; William Aspray
OCLC Number: 154352847
Notes: Recorded in Princeton, N.J.
Description: Transcript : 18 pages

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Tukey tells something about his background and about how he came to do graduate work at Princeton, where he earned his Ph. D. in topology. Tukey talks about his wartime work (at Fire Control Research in Princeton) and how as a result of that work statistics came to be his principal interest. He talks about fellow mathematicians, including Frederick Mosteller, Charles Winsor, Sam Wilks, and George Snedecor. Tukey also talks about the social atmosphere at the Graduate College and at Fine Hall, in the period when he was a graduate student.

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