Thursday, January 9, 2014

Statistics and The War

We all agree that wars are terrible and to be avoided to the greatest extent possible, yet it is hard not to concede that wars can bring scientific, technological, industrial, cultural, political, even economic benefits. This is one of the many paradoxes of war. Statistics is no exception. Not only was there extremely rapid development of some areas of statistics, especially industrial statistics, but also a large proportion of the leaders in our subject in the 40 years following the World War 2 met it for the first time during the War. Most of them, would not have become statisticians but for the War.

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