4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2013
I really enjoyed this book (mine is the 5th edition) and for one simple reason - it was written before the age of the PC and, I say with a shudder, Excel.
With these earlier books you really had to know the maths and this book teaches the maths but in a very intuitive way. The authors get you to THINK about the problem before introducing the maths. This means the formulae when presented is actually logical and thereby understandable. It also has the benefit of helping you learn how to think about problems and how to frame them in a mathematical/statistical way.
More recent stats books assume you are using software and are thereby less rigorous mathematically. Its more "here's a problem and here's the menu item you use to solve it". This is a shame and the outcome is that though students are great software technicians they can be poor statisticians. Put a pen and paper in front of them and they're clueless. In comparison this book says "here's a problem, lets think about it a while."
If you are interested in statistics always go for the books published before the PC age and this is an excellent one to start with. That said I'm only giving it 4 stars as they have left out some pretty introductory topics, such as a discussion on the Poisson distribution, though the authors do state their reasons for these omissions in the preface.