Praise for George E. P. Box and An Accidental Statistician
"I found most interesting the parts describing how he developed as a statistician, the intellectual influences on him, and the genesis of the ideas for which he is so well known. . . . There is no doubt that this [memoir] will be a useful autobiographical document from one of our greatest statisticians."
Iain Johnstone, Professor of Statistics, Stanford University
"Not only is [An Accidental Statistician] interesting from a statistical and history of statistics perspective, it is also a marvelous example of grammatically sound writing of beautiful style and quality."
Geert Molenberghs, Professor of Biostatistics, Limburgs Universitair Centru, Belgium
"As a master craftsman, [George Box has] taught so many apprentices over the years. It is wonderful to see the spreading effects of [his] teachings throughout the world today."
Norman R. Draper, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Madison
From early childhood to a celebrated career in academia and industry, acclaimed statistician George E. P. Box offers personal insights and a firsthand account of his professional accomplishments in this charming and intimate memoir of a great intellectual's life.
Second Foreword xv
From ThePublisher xxiii
1 Early Years 1
Who in the world am I? Ah, that s the great puzzle.
2 Army Life 19
Contrarywise, if it was so, it might be: and if it were so, it would be: but as it isn t, it ain t. That s logic.
3 ICI and the Statistical Methods Panel 44
Can you answer useful questions?
4 George Barnard 53
When I use a word . . . it means just what I choose it to mean neither more nor less.
5 An Invitation to the United States 63
The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings.
6 Princeton 78
Ah! Then yours wasn t a really good school.
7 A New Life in Madison 94
Digging for apples, your honor!
8 Time Series 124
What do you know about this business?
9 George Tiao and the Bayes Book 139
It gets easier further on.
10 GrowingUp (Helen and Harry) 144
There are 364 days when you might get unbirthday presents, and only 1 for birthday presents, you know.
11 Fisher Father and Son 151
I only hope the boat won t tipple over!
12 Bill Hunter and Some Ideas on Experimental Design 157
There goes Bill!
13 The Quality Movement 181
The race is over!. . . Everybody has won and all must have prizes.
14 Adventures with Claire 197
What else had you to learn? Well, there was Mystery.
15 The Many Sides of Mac 209
There s nothing like eating hay when you re feeling faint.
16 Life in England 218
What matters is how far we go? There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
17 Journeys to Scandinavia 224
What sort of people live here?
18 A Second Home in Spain 228
I know something interesting is sure to happen.
19 The Royal Society of London 245
20 Conclusion 247
21 Memories 248