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Activity Number: 330 - Snapshots in History: Statisticians Making an Impact
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: History of Statistics Interest Group
Abstract #304181
Title: Using Primary Historical Sources to Teach Statistics
Author(s): Beverly Wood*
Companies: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Keywords: statistics education; classroom activity; history

The NSF-funded project TRansforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources (TRIUMPHS) has recently released two Primary Source Projects (PSPs) related to statistics. The PSPs are intended to be classroom activities that use primary historical sources to introduce typical concepts in mathematics, investigating the original motivations and applications that evolved into the textbook knowledge of today. The two statistics PSPs include several of the most recognizable contributors to statistical theory and practice – such as Sir Ronald Fisher and William Playfair – alongside some less well known early statistical thinkers – such as John Arbuthnot and Michael Florent van Langren. One of the authors will give brief summaries of the two projects and some reflections on initial implementations, including one delivered in an online course.

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