August 9, 2011

Bayes book

I recently learned about a new book by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne, The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy.

I haven't got a copy yet, but based on a couple of reviews, it seems like it's going to be a good read. The review in Significance magazine describes it thus: "At times reading like a historical account, at times like investigative journalism, at yet other times like a statistical commentary."

Other reviews:  New York Times Sunday Book Review, Boston Globe, and Nature (subscription required for on-line access).