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Robert (Bob) Hooke
(1918 - 2003)

statistician who received his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1942. Later, he joined (1954) Westinghouse Corporation as a research mathematician, where from 1963 he became manager of the mathematics department.

Science Quotes by Robert (Bob) Hooke (3 quotes)

A statistician is one who has learned how to get valid evidence from statistics and how (usually) to avoid being misled by irrelevant facts. It’s too bad that we apply the same name to this kind of person that we use for those who only tabulate. It’s as if we had the same name for barbers and brain surgeons because they both work on the head.
— Robert (Bob) Hooke
In How to Tell the Liars from the Statisticians (1983), 1.
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Children are told that an apple fell on Isaac Newton’s head and he was led to state the law of gravity. This, of course, is pure foolishness. What Newton discovered was that any two particles in the universe attract each other with a force that is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. This is not learned from a falling apple, but by observing quantities of data and developing a mathematical theory that can be verified by additional data. Data gathered by Galileo on falling bodies and by Johannes Kepler on motions of the planets were invaluable aids to Newton. Unfortunately, such false impressions about science are not universally outgrown like the Santa Claus myth, and some people who don’t study much science go to their graves thinking that the human race took until the mid-seventeenth century to notice that objects fall.
— Robert (Bob) Hooke
In How to Tell the Liars from the Statisticians (1983), 127.
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Science is one of our best weapons against authoritarianism, but authoritarianism has been known to surface among scientists. When this happens, misguided perfectionists or romanticists sometimes seek to root it out by attacking science. Instead of destroying science, which would merely return us to ignorance and superstition, what we need to do is to expose and root out the authoritarians.
— Robert (Bob) Hooke
In How to Tell the Liars from the Statisticians (1983), 129.
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