"There are no facts, only interpretations." -- (Frederick Nietzsche )

Math History Tidbit:

The ancient Greeks were masters of geometry, but they shied away from the concept of the infinite. No one was more influential in promoting a suspicion of the infinite than Zeno of Elea (ca 450 B.C.). Zeno produced mathematical paradoxes that seemed to prove that motion is impossible and that certain frequently observed events can't happen. Try as they might, the Greeks could not resolve Zeno's paradoxes, the most famous of which is The Achilles. Zeno "proved" that Achilles could not beat a tortoise in a race if the tortoise had a head start and continued to move, no matter how slowly.

For 2000 years, the concept of infinity puzzled even the greatest of mathematicians. It was Georg Cantor (1845- 1918) who finally resolved the mysteries of the infinite.

Herkimer's Corner

Why did Herkimer's pet crow sit on a telephone pole?

Answer: He wanted to make a long distance caw.

Herky 's friends:

JEAN E. US...this lady is absolutely brilliant.

JIM NASIUM ...this guy builds indoor athletic facilities.

Reading: Read the (handout) article Polls and poll-emics , by John Leo. (U.S. News & World Report, October 18, 1999, page 20.)

Exercises: Handout... Special Problem 3A (Exploring Least-Squares Regression). Calculate a residual graph for each of the three data sets.

Source: Teacher's Resource Binder for The Practice of Statistics.

Items for reflection:

You are working with ideas from Chapter 3.

Special Problem 3A (the assignment) produces somevery interesting results. One major point is that you must be carefulwith use of statistical data. If one is careless, it is very easy tomisinterpret or misrepresent statistical data that you read, collect,and observe. Make sure that you "relate" to this excellentproblem.




The Practice of Statistics, by Yates, Moore, McCabe. New York,W.H. Freeman and Company, 1999. (ISBN 0-7167-3370-6)

Supplemental books:
The Cartoon Guide to Statistics, by Gonick and Smith. NewYork, HarperCollins Publishers, 1993. (ISBN 0-06-273102-5)
How to Lie with Statistics, by Darrell Huff. New York, W.W.Norton & Company, 1982 (ISBN 0-393-09426-X)

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