"This book is a great asset to all statisticians...an educational, insightful, and quite enjoyable book." (Chance, April-June 2002)
From the Publisher
Within this text, the author will discuss not only the history of mathematical statistics and applications from 1750 to 1930, but will also include the life stories and works of the great philosophers who participated in the development of probability theory and statistics. Provides a detailed look at the development and interaction of four topics: direct probability theory and games of chance; inverse probability by Bayes and Laplace; the normal distribution, the method of least squares, and the central limit theorem, and selected topics in estimation theory.