I have always had interests in mathematics and science. I was also a tinkerer, especially with mechanical things. I built furniture and assembled electronic kits as a kid. And I was a finalist in the National Science Fair having built a special slide rule during high school, a device that all good techies use to use that very few people today even know ever existed.
Somewhere in my 20’s I got hooked on statistics, something most people find undoable. But I first saw how this enabled me to explore my sort of engineering thinking to deal with a quantitative world. As I got more and more engaged in applying the basic concepts I saw how this set of tools could fit into a wide range of worlds. It then enabled me to expand my ideas of how to help encourage everyone to become more comfortable with the subject.
As I began teaching in the newly opening up community colleges in NJ I also found how hard the concepts were to ordinary students. This led to trying new methods of teaching as well as writing a textbook.
At the same time as I was engaged in pushing statistics, I was also heavily involved with developing and teaching in engineering technology programs as well as becoming an early teacher of computer topics. In the mid 60’s I taught general computer courses on a variety of computers. I was even involved with teaching on analogue computers and the first numerical control machines in a college in NJ. Over the years I have continued to keep up with the many incarnations of the computer world.
But my statistical activities has allowed me to become something of a wanderer, delving into many different worlds. I have consulted with medical device people (such as those blood collecting devices), petroleum testing, body temperature measurements, agricultural exercises, and psychological and educational techniques.
I am constantly attempting to understand just how we deal with the quantitative information that bombards us all the time and have been attempting to
For the past 30 years I have also been evolving a theory on how from infancy we begin to develop a sense of statistics and that this is the nature of our quantitative thinking.
My Statistical Awakening
How I first became aware of statistics.