Stephen Stigler


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Stephen M. Stigler is interested in the history of statistics and probability, from the appearance of early concepts in gambling, astronomy, and geodesy, to the development of statistical methods in social science and biology, including the ways those methods have helped to shape core ideas in these sciences. Some individual scientists who have been particularly influential in this history are Laplace, Gauss, Quetelet, Galton, Edgeworth, Karl and Egon Pearson, Ronald Fisher, Neyman, and Wald. A focus of current research is 20th century mathematical statistics. Another area of investigation is quantitative studies of the flow of information in science, including the use of citation-based measures to model the flow of intellectual influence in science.

Publications include:

  • The History of Statistics: The Measurement of Uncertainty before 1900. The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1986.
  • Statistics on the Table: The History of Statistical Concepts and Methods. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1999.

For a full list of over 140 publications, go to Stephen M. Stigler’s home page: