The Lady Tasting Tea

The Lady Tasting Tea

Description

An insightful, revealing history of the magical mathematics that transformed our world.

At a summer tea party in Cambridge, England, a guest states that tea poured into milk tastes different from milk poured into tea. Her notion is shouted down by the scientific minds of the group. But one man, Ronald Fisher, proposes to scientifically test the hypothesis. There is no better person to conduct such an experiment, for Fisher is a pioneer in the field of statistics.

The Lady Tasting Tea spotlights not only Fisher's theories but also the revolutionary ideas of dozens of men and women which affect our modern everyday lives. Writing with verve and wit, David Salsburg traces breakthroughs ranging from the rise and fall of Karl Pearson's theories to the methods of quality control that rebuilt postwar Japan's economy, including a pivotal early study on the capacity of a small beer cask at the Guinness brewing factory. Brimming with intriguing tidbits and colorful characters, The Lady Tasting Tea salutes the spirit of those who dared to look at the world in a new way.


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Details

Author(s)
David Salsburg
Format
Paperback | 352 pages
Dimensions
141 x 210 x 25mm | 334g
Publication date
15 Jul 2002
Publisher
Henry Holt & Company Inc
Imprint
Holt Paperback
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
Illustrations, unspecified
ISBN10
0805071342
ISBN13
9780805071344
Bestsellers rank
66,085