Historical background

  • C. C. Heyde
  • E. Seneta
Part of the Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (HISTORY, volume 3)


Up to the 1820s and including the work of Laplace, developments in probability and statistics were largely inseparable. Scholars who worked in the area had broad scientific interests and official, as distinct from mathematical, statistics had remained in its comparative infancy. The history up to this time is fairly well understood, in large part through Isaac Todhunter’s book (1865), which gives an encyclopedic treatment. See also Hacking (1975) and David (1962), which essentially do not go past Moivre; and Maistrov (1974). For the less mathematical aspects of statistics see, for example, Westergaard (1932) and Meitzen (1891).


Historical Background Academic Background Inspector General Scientific Biography Comparative Infancy 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. C. Heyde
    • 1
  • E. Seneta
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Mathematics and StatisticsC.S.I.R.O.Canberra CityAustralia
  2. 2.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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