The Lady Tasting Tea

The Lady Tasting Tea

How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century

Book - 2001
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McMillan Palgrave
The Lady Tasting Tea is not a book of dry facts and figures, but the history of great individuals who dared to look at the world in a new way.

At a summer tea party in Cambridge, England, a lady states that tea poured into milk tastes differently than that of milk poured into tea. Her notion is shouted down by the scientific minds of the group. But one guest, by the name Ronald Aylmer Fisher, proposes to scientifically test the lady's hypothesis. There was no better person to conduct such a test. For Fisher had brought to the field of statistics an emphasis on controlling the methods for obtaining data and the importance of interpretation. He knew that how the data was gathered and applied was as important as the data themselves.

In The Lady Tasting Tea, readers will encounter not only Ronald Fisher's theories (and their repercussions), but the ideas of dozens of men and women whose revolutionary work affects our everyday lives. Writing with verve and wit, author David Salsburg traces the rise and fall of Karl Pearson's theories, explores W. Edwards Deming's statistical methods of quality control (which rebuilt postwar Japan's economy), and relates the story of Stella Cunliff's early work on the capacity of small beer casks at the Guinness brewing factory.

The Lady Tasting Tea is not a book of dry facts and figures, but the history of great individuals who dared to look at the world in a new way.


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A statistician with a background in pharmaceuticals, Salsburg traces the impact of his field on science through profiles of men and women who were directly involved. Among them are W. Edward Demming, the father of the modern quality religion; Janet Norwood, the first woman Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics; William Sealy Gosset of Guinness Brewing; and F.N. David, who modelled bomb damage to cities during World War II. He uses no mathematical formulae or scientific jargon. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman, 2001
ISBN: 9780716741060
0716741067
Branch Call Number: 001.422 SAL
Characteristics: xi, 340 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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