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View Resource Quote: Peter on Measurement

"If you can't measure it, I'm not interested." A quote by Canadian educator and management theorist Laurence Johnston Peter (1919 - 1990) from "Peter's People" in Human Behavior (August, 1976; page 9). The quote also appears in Statistically Speaking: A dictionary of quotations compiled by Carl Gaither and Alma Cavazos-Gaither.
View Resource Count the Fs: Why a Sample instead of a Census?

This interactive lecture activity motivates the need for sampling. "Why sample, why not just take a census?" Under time pressure, students count the number of times the letter F appears in a paragraph. The activity demonstrates that a census, even when it is easy to take, may not give accurate information. Under the time pressure measurement errors are more frequently made in the census rather...
View Resource Illuminations: Data Analysis and Probability Lessons

This collection of lessons from NCTM's Illuminations site meet the Data Analysis and Probability Standard for grades 9-12.
View Resource Quote: Planck on Experiments and Measurement

"An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature's answer." This is a quote by German Physicist Max Planck (1858 - 1947). The quote (translated into English in the book Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers page 110 (1949)
View Resource Quote: Russell on Measurement Error

"Every careful measurement in science is always given with the probable error... every observer admits that he is likely wrong, and knows about how much wrong he is likely to be." This is a quote by Welsh Mathematician and philosopher Bertrand A.W. Russell (1872 - 1970). The quote may be found in his 1931 book The Scientific Outlook and is also found on the science history website...
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