Our wonderful, generous friends:
Altruism is the mark of a superior being, (Egyptian quote)
It is most amazing what the scientific community has done to build research capacity, and to establish a near complete research methods library.
“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge (Confucius)
Who is bigger? Library of Congress or BA Serageldin?
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with 16,000,000 books, whereas the Library of Alexandria has about 3,000,000 (I could not find an exact number). The Library of Congress has 4098 books on statistics, BA Serageldin, 6711, and will shortly have 15,000.
Numbers of books is important, but perhaps the completeness of the collection is more important. Sarah Wasser has identified all titles of books published about statistics in the 20th century. Hend and Lamia will be matching the BA collection at the BA with the world titles. We would suspect that we have at least 70% now, but we would plan to collect the ones we do not have through our network to achieve at least a 80% completeness. We likely already have the most complete collection of statistics books, far more complete than the Library of Congress.
History and growth of statistics.
Having nearly a complete collection of books of the 20th century will be a magnificent resource to track the historical growth of statistical methods. We will examine the path from RA Fisher’s1925 book to Deming to Big Data.
“Every man must act in the rhythm of his time…such is wisdom” (Egyptian)
There is a paucity of knowledge about the origins of statistics before 1900. The origins of statistics are thought to be part in Mesopotamia, Sumatra, China, and/or Egypt. It is fascinating that dice playing by ancient Egyptian could lead to the BA Alexandria and BA Serageldin. We would love your help to find the origins of research methods, e.g. aggregation, variability, graphing, central tendency, tables etc. before 1900, especially in the ancient world, it would be wonderful.
If successful we can go from the origins of statistics in Egypt (and elsewhere), up until the BA Serageldin Research methods Library, to help budding researchers with their statistics, and to research the history of statistics
We are still planning for the next collection of books. Hend and Lamia at the library have been doing a great job cataloguing the books we already have, and organizing for the next research methods passage. Start looking at your books shelves, finding the research methods books you have not opened in 5 years. We are also very interested in your oldest books.
Study the past, if you would divine the future (Confucius)
We have starting to contact emeritus professors world wide, as we want to expand our research methods effort aspects of science, history, etc.