THE flood of elementary treatises dealing with statistics continues unabated; nearly all seem to be designed to aid students whose subjects are known or believed to require statistical methods, but who have already decided that they have neither the time nor the mathematical training to make themselves masters of the simple principles on which competent methods are founded. The authors of these heroic stopgaps cannot fairly be blamed for this situation; so long as the large portion of the population which will need statistics in its practical business does not imbibe the fundamental ideas in their school mathematics, so long will university students require such courses as that under review. The author shows a just perspective in saying (Preface, p. v):
Mathematics Preparatory to Statistics and Finance.
By George N. Bauer. Pp. vii + 337. (New York: The Macmillan Co., 1929.) 8s. 6d. net.