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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 #304305 Presentation 1 Presentation 2 Presentation 3
Title: A One-Credit History of Statistics Course Using “The Lady Tasting Tea” by David Salsburg with Supplementary Readings
Author(s): Phyllis Curtiss* and Kirk Anderson
Companies: Grand Valley State University and Grand Valley State Univ
Keywords: History; Salsburg; Course; Supplementary

Do you have a course on the history of statistics in your curriculum? A one-credit course can add to the interest level of your students, while giving them the desire to learn more about their discipline. At Grand Valley State University, we offer a one-credit course that is centered on David Salsburg’s book “The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the 20th Century.” The course has been offered twelve times since 2005, including every winter semester in the last nine years. We will share ideas on how to use Salsburg’s book in order to get the students engaged and curious to find out more. A discussion of the format used for instruction will be included in an attempt to convince others to develop a course at their school. We now include eight supplementary readings in the course that are used at various points as we read through the book; these readings will be highlighted in this session. In addition, we supply a list of over 30 optional readings and videos to students, which may be used to find out more about some of the topics mentioned in the book.

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