Charles Frederick Mosteller ( 1916–2006) was one of the eminent statisticians of the 20th century. He was the founding chairman of Harvard's Statistics department. Dr. Mosteller wrote more than 50 books and more than 350 papers, with over 200 coauthors.
Frederick Mosteller: Harvard Man
Frederick Mosteller (1916–2006) founded Harvard University's Department of Statistics and served as its first chairman from 1957 until 1969 and again for several years in the 1970s. He was the author or co-author of more than 350 scholarly papers and more than 50 books, including one of the most popular books in his field, first published in 1965 and reprinted by Dover in 1987, Fifty Challenging Problems in Probability with Solutions.
Mosteller's work was wide-ranging: He used statistical analysis of written works to prove that James Madison was the author of several of the Federalist papers whose authorship was in dispute. With then–Harvard professor and later Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, he studied what would be the most effective way of helping students from impoverished families do better in school — their answer: to improve income levels rather than to simply spend on schools. Later, his analysis of the importance to learning of smaller class sizes buttressed the Clinton Administration's initiative to hire 100,000 teachers. And, as far back as the 1940s, Mosteller composed an early statistical analysis of baseball: After his team, the Boston Red Sox, lost the 1946 World Series, he demonstrated that luck plays an enhanced role in a short series, even for a strong team.
In the Author's Own Words:
"Though we often hear that data can speak for themselves, their voices can be soft and sly." — Frederick Mosteller
The problems are interesting and tricky. Some even violate the common sense. The book is really brainstorming and doesn't need a lot of mathematics ( I think one can learn a lot... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MingHao
The book is a famous book which can be used for quant interview preparation. Aslo recommended for those who enjoy solving math problems.Published 10 months ago by Hamed
The challenges are so stilted and are hard to relate to. Urns and socks? Ugh. I think a modern re-imaging of these problems would be more fun to read and think about.Published 12 months ago by Peter Mancini
Very interesting problems. A couple you might have heard of, but fun to think about and of course the main advantage to the book are the answers which explain the problems in the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by M. J.
The exercicies should be better explained, there are a loto of similar exercices with the same ideia and just a little modifications. Read morePublished 19 months ago by André Nunes Maranhão
Wonderful collection that both entertains and teaches you that probability can be, sometimes, counter-intuitive. Worked through it and enjoyed it very much!Published 20 months ago by Simon Shemesh
The problems in this book are a master class in the variety of and intellectual robustness within even simply stated questions. Some solutions border on the whimsical. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gary Kenosha
Some of the problems sound very simple, but they all take a bit of thinking. I only got a handful correct on the first try.Published 21 months ago by N. McNeely
Brain teasers and "how did I overlook that?" are the theme for this collection.
I do wish that the pagination had been adjusted so each problem was on its own page, with... Read more