[©1943] 4to, pp. [xii], 284 + diagrams. Original grey mottled wrappers, black lettering. Sunned, soiled, creased and rubbed, ‘Civil Service Comm’ stamp to upper corner of front wrapper. Wear to spine ends, bottom corner and edge bumped. Tanned edges. Errata slip tipped in to title page. Musty. Internally clean and tidy. A good copy of Wilks’ early handbook for his introductory mathematical statistics course at Princeton, which adapted material from his 1937 Statistical Influence.
Samuel Stanley Wilks (1906-1964) was a crucial figure in the development and application of mathematical statistics. In 1944 he was awarded a chair in mathematics at Princeton and became the director of its Section of Mathematical Statistics. Amongst other applications, Wilks worked with the Educational Testing Service to develop standardized tests like the SAT, which profoundly influenced the US educational system. The American Statistical Association makes the Wilks Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to statistics annually. The Civil Service Commission regulates recruitment to the Civil Service, as well as hearing complaints under the Civil Service Code. It is independent from both the British government and the Civil Service.
Author WILKS, S.S.