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The stanchions of statistics

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Science  13 May 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6287, pp. 779
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf9115

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Statistics, the science of uncertainty, is young as sciences go. Too often, however, the field is looked upon as a set of arcane procedures that are implemented, without much thought, by computer algorithms. Such a myopic view of this most modern of the sciences deprives the viewer of the accumulated product of a great deal of beautiful and subtle thinking. Statistician Stephen Stigler's new book, The Seven Pillars of Statistical Wisdom, sets out to remedy this. Each of the seven pillars that Stigler, in his wisdom, has hewn from the past two centuries of statistical thought provides surprising insights.