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Statistics for Physical Sciences

An Introduction

Statistical Methods for the Physical Sciences is an informal, relatively short, but systematic, guide to the more commonly used ideas and techniques in statistical analysis, as used in physical sciences, together with explanations of their origins. It steers a path between the extremes of a recipe of methods with a collection of useful formulas, and a full mathematical account of statistics, while at the same time developing the subject in a logical way. The book can be read in its entirety by anyone with a basic exposure to mathematics at the level of a first-year undergraduate student of physical science and should be useful for practising physical scientists, plus undergraduate and postgraduate students in these fields.


Graduate and undergraduate students in the physical sciences. Physicists, astronomers, chemists, earth scientists and others.

Hardbound, 320 Pages

Published: January 2012

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-387760-4


  • "Martin (physics and astronomy, U. College London) has produced an undergraduate textbook that is more thorough than the drivel of statistics that physical science students get - usually as part of some other course - but still not the full theoretical and practical treatment that most students do not have time for and most schools do not teach. He assumes a knowledge of calculus and matrices the level of first-year undergraduate physical science student."--Reference and Research Book News, Inc.


  • 1. Statistics, Experiments, and Data
    2. Probability
    3. Probability Distributions I: Basic Concepts
    4. Probability Distributions II: Examples
    5. Sampling and Estimation
    6. Sampling Distributions Associated with the Normal Distribution
    7. Point Estimation I: Maximum Likelihood and Minimum Variance
    8. Point Estimation II: Least-Squares and Other Methods
    9. Interval Estimation
    10. Hypothesis Testing I: Parameters
    11. Hypothesis Testing II: Other Tests
    A. Miscellaneous Mathematics
    B. Optimisation of Nonlinear Functions
    C. Statistical Tables
    D. Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems


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