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Additional Features, Significance Highlights »

[1 May 2020 | Comments Off on Significance Special Issue Celebrates Florence Nightingale | ]

In its April 2020 issue, Significance celebrates the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale with a special collection of articles about the renowned nurse, statistician, and reformer.

Statisticians in History »

[22 Sep 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

In 1840, Florence Nightingale begged her parents “to let her study mathematics instead of doing worsted work and practicing quadrilles.” Her mother “did not approve, home duties were not to be neglected for mathematics.” She assumed that her daughter’s destiny was marriage, “and what use were mathematics to a married woman?” Her father, who loved math and had communicated that love to his daughter, nevertheless urged her to study more appropriate subjects (for a woman), “history or philosophy, natural or moral.” Florence expressed her preference for mathematics by saying, “I …

President's Corner »

[1 Jun 2016 | One Comment | ]

ASA President Jessica Utts explores Nightingale’s powerful lessons for statisticians today and shares her discussion with internationally recognized Nightingale scholar Barbara Dossey.