The Lady Tasting Tea

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The Lady Tasting Tea
The Lady Tasting Tea - David Salsburg.jpg
English edition
AuthorDavid Salsburg
GenreHistory of science and technology
PublisherHenry Holt and Company
Publication date
May 1, 2002
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages352 pages
Preceded byThe Use Of Restricted Significance Tests In Clinical Trials 
Followed byLove Poems to Fran 

The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century (ISBN 0-8050-7134-2) is a book by David Salsburg about the history of modern statistics and the role it played in the development of science and industry.[1][2]

The title comes from the "lady tasting tea", an example from the famous book, The Design of Experiments, by Ronald A. Fisher. Regarding Fisher's example, the statistician Debabrata Basu wrote that "the famous case of the 'lady tasting tea'" was "one of the two supporting pillars [...] of the randomization analysis of experimental data".[3]


  1. ^ Mehlman, Marc H. (2003-03-22). "The Lady Tasting Tea by David Salsburg". The MAA Online book review column. The Mathematical Association of America. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  2. ^ Morgan, Peter (2002-09-17). "The Left Atrium". Canadian Medical Association Journal. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  3. ^ Page 575 in:
    • Basu, D. (Sep 1980). "Randomization Analysis of Experimental Data: The Fisher Randomization Test". Journal of the American Statistical Association. 75 (371): 575–582. doi:10.2307/2287648. JSTOR 2287648.

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