In many educational settings, there’s a big emphasis these days on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Because none of STEM’s 4 letters refers directly to statistics, you might think that stats is unimportant.

Bad thought!

Statistics is a branch of mathematics. An important branch! In fact, some believe that it’s the most useful part of applied mathematics. Here’s what Sardar & Ravetz say (p. 152) in their recent book, AN INTRO TO MATHEMATICS:

“*The most common point where mathematics impinges on the lives of ordinary citizens is in statistics*.”

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