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).
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