A chance encounter at Bournemouth between Francis Galton and John Venn has lain in some obscurity because of a slip by Galton himself and a second mistake by Karl Pearson. The contact with Venn provides insight into the development of Galton’s perception of statistical dispersion, his disenchantment with the notion of ‘probable error’ and adoption of population variability.
Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics has published the second issue of this year. It contains several interesting features, and an original article called “Mistakes concerning a chance encounter between Francis Galton and John Venn“. Here is the abstract of this article: