Most Honourable Remembrance

The Life and Work of Thomas Bayes

  • Andrew I. Dale

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Pages 1-5
  3. Pages 37-100
  4. Pages 101-181
  5. Pages 258-335
  6. Pages 370-383
  7. Pages 384-419
  8. Pages 420-498
  9. Pages 499-525
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 526-668

About this book

Introduction

 

Most Honourable Remembrance provides an in-depth discussion of the life and work of Thomas Bayes, an eighteenth-century Presbyterian minister and lay mathematician who planted the seed of modern Bayesian Statistics in 1763 with his posthumous, An Essay Towards Solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances. After biographical details of Bayes' ancestors, consideration is turned to what is known of Thomas Bayes, the time in which he lived, and also the town in which he spent the major part of his professional life, Tunbridge Wells.

Bayes' published works, ranging from a theological tract to one on fluxions, are reprinted in full and commented upon. Unpublished works, with commentary, are also included, special attention being given to a manuscript notebook in which some early work on a result from the above mentioned Essay may be found. The book concludes with a chapter on Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, where the Bayes family vault is still to be seen and where many prominent Nonconformists were interred.

This book is the first to provide a biography and full discussion of Bayes' works and will be of interest to modern Bayesian statisticians as well as to mathematicians who may well be surprised at some of the mathematical insights shown by Bayes and which are not generally known to be attributable to him.

Keywords

Excel history of mathematics probability

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew I. Dale
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematical StatisticsUniversity of NatalDurban, NatalSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b97274
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-00499-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-21561-7
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