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The Rise of Statistical Thinking, 1820-1900

Theodore M. Porter


This book explores the history of statistics from the field's origins in the nineteenth century through to the factors that produced the burst of modern statistical innovation in the early twentieth century. The book shows that statistics was not developed by mathematicians and then applied to the sciences and social sciences. Rather, the field came into being through the efforts of social scientists, who saw a need for statistical tools in their examination of society. Pioneering statistical physicists and biologists James Clerk Maxwell, Ludwig Boltzmann, and Francis Galton introduced statist ... More

Keywords: statistics, statistical innovation, statistical tools, James Clerk Maxwell, Ludwig Boltzmann, Francis Galton, scientific research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691208428
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691208428.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodore M. Porter, author
University of California, Los Angeles