The subjectivity of scientists and the Bayesian approach. (English) Zbl 0973.01088

Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics. New York, NY: Wiley. x, 274 p. (2001).
The authors’ intent is to highlight the role of subjectivity in science by describing the life and works of 17 scientists. The book culminates with a 20-page pitch for harnessing this subjectivity via a Bayesian methodology. Unfortunately, the biographical vignettes contain several statements – both scientific and historic – that are, at a minimum, arguable.


01A70 Biographies, obituaries, personalia, bibliographies
01-02 Research exposition (monographs, survey articles) pertaining to history and biography
62A01 Foundations and philosophical topics in statistics
62Pxx Applications of statistics