Spring 2020 STAT 26700=STAT 36700, CHSS 32900, HIPS 25600

Course: STAT 26700=STAT 36700, CHSS 32900, HIPS 25600

Title: History of Statistics

Instructor(s): Stephen M. Stigler

Class Schedule: Sec 01: MWF 9:30AM–10:20AM in Eckhart 133

Office Hours: 

Textbook(s): Stigler, History of Statistics: The Measurement of Uncertainty Before 1900, 1st edition, and Stigler, The Seven Pillars of Statistical Wisdom (2016)

Description: This course covers topics in the history of statistics, from the eleventh century to the middle of the twentieth century. We focus on the period from 1650 to 1950, with an emphasis on the mathematical developments in the theory of probability and how they came to be used in the sciences. Our goals are both to quantify uncertainty in observational data and to develop a conceptual framework for scientific theories. This course includes broad views of the development of the subject and closer looks at specific people and investigations, including reanalyses of historical data.