Starting tomorrow, I'll be writing up profiles of some of the great minds in statistics, who have contributed to today's understanding of statistics and probability. Though I considered making this a weekly post, a) I'm already doing 2 of those and b) this project is going to take a while. So I've decided to post on key dates in statistics history - birthdays of great statistics minds, dates of famous publications, and so on.
And I have a long-term goal for all of this. I came up with this idea while reading The Seven Pillars of Statistical Thinking, which deals with statistics history, and listening to a podcast about building a hypothetical new Mount Rushmore. I started wondering who I would put on a statistics-themed Mount Rushmore. Who are the top 4 minds? Who shaped statistics as we know it today? For that part, I'll need your help, but not just yet.
First, I need to give you the people. Later, I'll have a survey to pick the top 4. Stay tuned and help out by reading along with the profiles!
First up, Egon Pearson. Check back tomorrow to find out more about him!