From the medicine we take to the cars we drive, the clothes we wear and even the beer we drink, statistics have given shape to the world we inhabit.
However, for the media, statistics are routinely ‘damning’, ‘horrifying’ or, occasionally, ‘encouraging’.
Exploring the history, mathematics, philosophy and practical use of statistics, Eileen Magnello – with the help of Borin Van loon’s deft illustration – traces the rise of statistics from the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians and Chinese, to the censuses of the romans and the greeks, and the modern emergence of the term itself in Europe.
They explore the English Victorians such as William Farr who created the modern discipline of vital statistics, and Francis galton, W.F.r. Weldon and Karl Pearson who established the fundamentally different modern discipline of mathematical statistics.
Introducing Statistics is an enjoyable, surprise-filled tour through a subject that is both fascinating, and crucial to understanding our world.