The Pleasures of Statistics: The Autobiography of Frederick Mosteller

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Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 10, 2010 - Mathematics - 344 pages
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From his unique perspective, renowned statistician and educator Frederick Mosteller describes many of the projects and events in his long career. From humble beginnings in western Pennsylvania to becoming the founding chairman of Harvard University’s Department of Statistics and beyond, he inspired many statisticians, scientists, and students with his unabashed pragmatism, creative thinking, and zest for both learning and teaching. This candid account offers fresh insights into the qualities that made Mosteller a superb teacher, a prolific scholar, a respected leader, and a valued advisor.

A special feature of the book is its chapter-length insider accounts of work on the pre-election polls of 1948, statistical aspects of the Kinsey report on sexual behavior in the human male, mathematical learning theory, authorship of the disputed Federalist papers, safety of anesthetics, and a wide-ranging examination of the Coleman report on equality of educational opportunity.

This volume is a companion to Selected Papers of Frederick Mosteller (Springer, 2006) and A Statistical Model: Frederick Mosteller’s Contributions to Statistics, Science, and Public Policy (Springer-Verlag, 1990).

Frederick Mosteller (1916–2006) was Roger I. Lee Professor of Mathematical Statistics at Harvard University. His manuscript was unfinished at his death and has been updated.

 

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Contents

1 Why Did Dewey Beat Truman in the Preelection Polls of 1948?
5
2 Sexual Behavior in the United States The Kinsey Report
18
3 Learning Theory Founding Mathematical Psychology
31
4 Who Wrote the Disputed Federalist Papers Hamilton or Madison?
46
5 The Safety of Anesthetics The National Halothane Study
69
6 Equality of Educational Opportunity The Coleman Report
89
Part II Early Life and Education
111
7 Childhood
112
14 Coming to Harvard University
190
15 Organizing Statistics
203
Part III Continuing Activities
215
16 Evaluation
217
17 Teaching
242
18 Group Writing
271
19 The Cape
283
20 Biostatistics
289

8 Secondary School
123
9 Carnegie Institute of Technology
133
10 Graduate Schools Carnegie and Princeton
145
11 Magic
157
12 Beginning Research
163
13 Completing the Doctorate
183
21 Health Policy and Management
292
22 Health Science Policy
297
23 Editors Epilogue
305
Name Index
323
Subject Index
335
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DAVID C. HOAGLIN, PhD, is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

FREDERICK MOSTELLER, PhD, has been the recipient of several honorary degrees and is a former President of the American Statistical Association.

JOHN W. TUKEY, PhD, has received the National Medal of Science as well as several honorary degrees.