Girls' High
Feb 29, 2020 - 05:04 AM
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 bettAn 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.
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Huda Yahya
يأتي عنوان الكتاب معتمدا على قصة حقيقية في غاية الطرافةفي يوم صيفي حار في إنجلترا جلس مجموعة من أساتذة جامعة كامبردج وزوجاتهم لاحتساء الشاي وخلال جلستهم اللطيفة تلك ذكرت إحدى السيدات أن مذاق الشاي يختلف إذا صببناه فوق الحليب عن مذاقه إن صببنا الحليب فوقهبرغم أن التركي [...]
Amy
I think this should be required reading for every young statistician. All the other majors seem to have some sort of History of [insert program name here], but I don't remember one from when I was working on my major (in statistics). I felt this book was exactly what it claimed to be--a description of how statistics revolutionized science in the 20th century. Some people seem to think that this book is supposed to describe statistical methods like an introductory textbook. If you want that, you [...]
Jerzy
First, my old review from reading it back in 2007 before my MS in Statistics. Below that, my newer review from re-reading it in 2013 before my PhD.~~~2007~~~I loved the overviews of fascinating philosophical problems surrounding the use of statistics. (For example, hypothesis testing is used pretty much everywhere but even the mathematicians who came up with it had doubts about its validity and usefulness in most situations What does a 95% confidence interval REALLY mean, in terms of real life, [...]
Marco Tulio
A leitura é tão interessante quanto a do livro "o andar do bêbado", contudo, uma senhora que toma chá é um pouco mais acadêmico. Saber como e em qual situação surgiram as distribuições t de student, o f de fisher, as distribuições não paramétricas, além de conhecer a importância de diversos estatísticos matemáticos (homens e mulheres) para o desenvolvimento da ciência ao longo dos anos com uma leitura bastante leve e didática.
Yokosuka14
I really wanted to like this book. I love science history books, and while I am not a technical person, I appreciate the "Physics for Poets" level description that are a feature of many science history books. My problem with this book, and ultimately why I gave up is precisely due to the author's inability to handle the technical details. He says that he wife reminded him not to be too detailed, and ultimately he wasn't detailed enough. He described major changes in statistics, but it was hard t [...]
George Goodall
It's a book about statistics but it doesn't actually talk about how to do stats. Instead, it's about the evolution of the practice of statistics told by someone who was in the front lines of its evolultion. Each chapter is dedicated to a person or development so that we see the field evolve over time. It's really a fantastic meditation on what we can do -- and should do -- with stats and what we can't. My favorite part relates to the lowly p-vale. Where on earth did this thing come from? Salsbur [...]
Catherine
Fascinating history of statistics. (Doug says that's an oxymoron.)
Michael Bailey
Amazing book on the history of statistics and experimentation. a must read for all.
Jamie
The full title here is The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century. This book by David Salsburg is pretty much what the title suggests: part history of the rise of statistical methods in scientific research and part biography about the people responsible for it. This probably isn't a book for anyone not already versed in inferential statistics and related subjects. It won't, for example, teach you much about statistics, so you'll be pretty lost or at best [...]
Michelle
I love what David Salsburg attempts to do here: explain the basic concepts of statistics by guiding the reader through the history of its development as a discipline. Too often we learn concepts and methods that are popular today without understanding why we use them or how they developed. But however much I appreciate Salsburg's approach, I cannot recommend his book. It is inconsistently paced, lacking in any real explanations of the statistics, and peppered with "when I met [so-and-so famous p [...]
Keith
Very interesting book! The first book on statistics I read in Chinese (translation), and the translation is almost flawless. Totally changed my view on statistics as a whole. Should have read it much earlier. The author gives a very thorough and yet reader-friendly account of the general development of statistics in the 20th century and how its fundamental ideas and philosophy revolutionised nearly every branch of science. The first half of the book, the more exiting part, centres on a couple of [...]
Roy W. Latham
Okay, you have to have an unusual interest in statistics to enjoy this book, and it wouldn't hurt to have taken a course or two in the subject. I learned that nearly all of statistical analysis was developed in the 20th century, with much of work done by math genius R.A. Fisher in England. Fisher published an obscure handbook of formulas in the thirties, but figuring out just what Fisher had done and making it general knowledge continued into the 60s. The great bulk of modern science depends upo [...]
Ben
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century" by David Salsburg. It was very entertaining and educational at the same time. The book recants the relatively short history of statistics highlighting many of the influential and colorful figures. I enjoyed learning about how key discoveries, such as the Student's T test, were made and under what circumstances. This book made me realize how much I take for granted the modern data-driven mi [...]
Michael
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. I highly recommend this book for all who teach stats as well as for all who have an interest in stats. It was interesting to learn about the personal lives of many statisticians in addition to their major contributions to the field. The reading was extremely accessible and engaging. Wish I would have read this much sooner. I'll be able to share more interesting information when teaching stats in the future.
Jennifer Chin
I really enjoyed this book. Even though I knew nothing about stats going in, I was able to understand (albeit at a very basic level) the concepts introduced. Throughout I started having little epiphanies about how statistics influences my (and most people's) every day lives.I also feel a little more prepared for my stats class this semester in that I have a real sense of why statistics is important, and how it makes data meaningful for decision-making.
Nathaniel Hardman
The first three chapters were the best. He started out with some really good stuff that was both biographically interesting and statistically informative. But is seemed like he lost steam. That said, there were still some good chapters and interesting anecdotes, and I generally enjoyed the book. I had to read about two-thirds for a class, and I finished the rest of it after the class was over, so that says something.
Igor
This is a flawed book, poorly structured and struggling to explain concepts that underlie the statistical revolution in science. It would be better if there were a few equations or at least graphs to help with understanding. However, book is easy to read and full of interesting biographical anecdotes about men and women who created modern statistics. It can be recommended to those who know the discipline well and want to learn more about its founders.
Abe Kazemzadeh
This book is good to get a broad overview of 20th century statistics. I think I learn good when I know the people behind the ideas, so this book is a very good intro to the people of statistics. It makes statistics a lot more interesting than just reading equations. Also, it gives a better idea of the problems that statistics aims to solve. Stigler's book, Statistics on the Table, is a book I read after this one. It's more detailed and has a different writing style I like both.
Youssef Mahmoud
بعد الصفحات الأولى من الكتاب (أو حتى فقط وببعض التمَعن في الغلاف) ستجد أن العنوان لم يعد مبهمًا، ذواقة الشاي هنا هم علماء الإحصاء.يتناول الكتاب بعض هؤلاء العلماء، يحكي عن تجارب وأشخاص شكلوا فارقًا في علم الإحصاء، وفي العلم عمومًا.الكتاب كنز معرفي يستحق القراءة، وحتمًا سأعاو [...]
Marit
I read it along my Statistics class. Nice to get some "why" from this book in addition to the "how" from the lectures. I was completely unaware of the statistical revolution before reading this book.
Peter
very readable and non-technical book on history of statistics.
Nancy
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves science, history of science, uses data, or loves statistics. Wonderful stories and the title tells it all
john fuller
A seemingly thorough overview of the history of statistics and the various people in it, but there are so many names and characters whizzing by that sometimes the statistics itself is left behind. There are several times where the author mentions an important theory or development, only to give it the barest explanation, or none at all. Understandably this is not a book about statistics itself, and to attempt to satisfactorily explain and prove the broad collection of ideas within it would likel [...]
Luís Caparroz
The author communicates extremely well given his audience and goals. A wonderful review of the development of Statistics in the 20th century as a consolidated and respected field of knowledge is given. Mr. Salsburg is very careful to not cross the line between giving details and being too technical, so the concepts and ideas are shown in great detail but without mathematics, what makes possible a fluid and smooth reading.He also emphasizes that, although many famous names are males statisticians [...]
Converse
This book is an informal history of the development of statistics in the 20th century. The author, who was a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry, had meant many of the statisticians whose work he discusses. It is not a mathematical book, in the sense that not a line of algebra is to be found in it.The author begins with Karl Pearson in Britain at the begining of the twentieth century, when he took over Francis Galton (cousin of Charles Darwin, promoter of the use of fingerprints in ident [...]
Megan
Honestly, I am lukewarm on this book. It was interesting, and the subject matter is so impactful, I wanted to love it.However, I found it lacking both in math (some times you just need math - i get that the author wanted to make it accessible to everyone, but, sometimes the concepts just weren't clear enough without), and in narrative structure. The book jumped around a little bit, and occasionally it was challenging to follow a thread.The author's love for the subject matter and the subjects wa [...]
Susan
Impressively straight forward and fast read considering the subject matter. This book helped put a lot of the common methods we use in context & perspective. (I wonder if my students would find stats more interesting / understandable if I made them all read this book.) Would have like a bit more material on the women / POC instead of just a passing mention or namedrop, but not bad considering the author did his dissertation before I was born.
Rahaf Qudah
يحكي الكتاب قصة نشوء الإحصاء وتطوره، كل فصل تقريبًا باستخدام أحد الرواد. ولكن، لأن الأمر تحتاج للكثير من التداخلات والنظريات والطرق المتنافسة، فلا يخلو الكتاب من القفزات الزمنية للأمام والخلف.ترجمة الكتاب تخلو من السلاسة في معظم الوقت، والأفكار الإحصائية صعبة بعض الشيء لغ [...]
Ilana Diamant
Interesting story of Statistics, but the writing was boring at most parts: paragraphs seemed to have a similar structure: introduce a man and say 1-2 sentences to try to make him memorable. Then describe a statistical phenomenon in clear but soporific terms. If there had been more colorful stories about the scientists, the book would have been more fun to read (and memorable).
Maggie Holmes
This was a fascinating look at something I know nothing about. Because it was reading it over a long period of time (it was my left in the car book), I kept forgetting what happened in earlier chapters so I'm still not sure I understand much of what he was talking about. While I was reading the early chapters it made sense. I think I may borrow some or maybe one book from the bibliography.