History of Science & Knowledge

The Rise of Statistical Thinking, 1820-1900

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$62.50 / £52.00
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Published:
03/21/1988
Copyright:
1986
Pages:
348
Size:
6 x 9 in.
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Emphasizing the debt of science to nonspecialist intellectuals, Theodore Porter describes in detail the nineteenth-century background that produced the burst of modern statistical innovation of the early 1900s. Statistics arose as a study of society — the science of the statist — and the pioneering statistical physicists and biologists, Maxwell, Boltzmann, and Galton, each introduced statistical models by pointing to analogies between his discipline and social science.