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An Accidental Statistician: The Life and Memories of George E. P. Box

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 8:08 am EDT

In 1942, trained chemist George E. P. Box was performing research for the British Army, conducting chemical experiments that would ultimately shape the technology used in World War II. When no statisticians were available to analyse his various findings, Box picked up a statistics book and taught himself the needed methods. What followed was the start of one of the most well-known and celebrated careers in the field of statistics.

In the recently published memoir, An Accidental Statistician, the late, acclaimed statistician George E.P. Box offers a narrative of his life, from his early childhood on to his celebrated career in academia and industry.

While many interviews and articles have been published about Box, this memoir is the only first-hand account of his professional accomplishments and personal insights, written in the engaging, charming manner unique to the author.

In an act of loyalty and allegiance, the Publisher, Wiley, ensured that the author received and reviewed this autobiography before his passing away.

An Accidental Statistician is a compelling read for statisticians in education or industry, mathematicians, engineers, and anyone interested in the life story of an influential intellectual who altered the world of modern statistics.

To accompany the book Wiley are hosting archive training videos presented by George E. P . Box on their community interest site, The videos can be viewed for free at

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