Activities for Classes

Articles & Presentations on Using History to Teach Statistics

JSM 2019 Topic Contributed Paper Session (Tue, 7/30/2019)
Snapshots in History: Statisticians Making an Impact
10:35 AM Abraham DeMoivre: Progenitor of Statistics Herbert Weisberg
10:55 AM Two Chapters in the Development of Human Population Sampling (1895/1934) Dominic Lusinchi
11:15 AM Brewing Up Statistics: A look at Gosset’s contributions Martha McRoy, Pew Research Center
11:35 AM Using Primary Historical Sources to Teach Statistics Beverly Wood, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
11:55 AM A One-Credit History of Statistics Course using “The Lady Tasting Tea” by David Salsburg with Supplementary Readings Phyllis Curtiss, Grand Valley State University; Kirk Anderson, Grand Valley State Univ
12:15 PM Floor Discussion

Conference Proceedings from JSM 2003 Invited Session: Using the History of Statistics to Improve the Teaching of Statistics

Conference Proceedings from Biennial Congress of the ISI 2005 Session IPM 52:Using history of statistics to enhance the teaching of statistic

Classroom Lessons, Projects, and Handouts

Two activities in Statistics from TRansforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources (TRIUMPHS) project

Reading and Exercises on the History of Probability from the Vermont Mathematics Initiative, Bob Rosenfeld
Reading and Exercises on the History of Statistics from the Vermont Mathematics Initiative, Bob Rosenfeld

Puzzles from JSM

Statisticians in History Crossword Puzzle (featured in Significance Dec 2018) and Answer Key
Names of Famous Statisticians Matching Game (answers on p. 3)
Data Visualization Word Search and Answer Key
History of Statistics Interest Group Hidden Message and Answer Key


BBC One Ideas: What would Florence Nightingale make of big data?