"Mathematics is the handwriting on the human consciousness of the very Spirit of Life itself." -- (Claude Bragdon) The period from roughly 300 B.C. to 300 A.D. was the golden age of geometry. Humans used the amazing Elements of Euclid to try to explain and understand the universe they knew. Eratosthenes (c. 230 B.C.) calculated the circumference of the earth with an error of less than 2%. Aristarchus (c. 280 B.C.) calculated diameters for the sun and the moon. While his calculated results were very inaccurate, his mathematical reasoning was sound. What did Herkimer say about the man who was frantically shouting about events that happened many years ago? Answer: He said the man was historical. Things Herky would like to know: Why is there an expiration date on sour cream? Why do they call it a TV set when you only get one? Reading: Section 2.1, pages 64-71 (up to Exercises) Cartoon Guide to Statistics, pages 7-26 Exercise: No written assignment. Note: Read the materials carefully. You are in an Advanced Placement (college level) course. Reading... and understanding what you read, is important.

You are in Section 2.1.

The Cartoon Guide toStatistics is aneasy-to-read-and-understand book. There is a lot of good stuff mixedin among the cartoon figures. The pages you will be reading representa review of what we have done to date, plus a very brief introduction(pages 24-27) to some new thoughts that will be very important tous.

Over Outings Week, you should read the bookletHow to Lie with Statistics. This is a classic, and you should enjoy it.

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Text:
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)