Florence Nightingale Worshiped Quantification

[Of her] Her statistics were more than a study, they were indeed her religion. For her Quetelet was the hero as scientist, and the presentation copy of his Physique sociale is annotated by her on every page. Florence Nightingale believed—and in all the actions of her life acted upon that belief—that the administrator could only be successful if he were guided by statistical knowledge. The legislator—to say nothing of the politiciantoo often failed for want of this knowledge. Nay, she went further; she held that the universe—including human communities—^was evolving in accordance with a divine plan; that it was man's business to endeavour to understand this plan and guide his actions in sympathy with it. But to understand God's thoughts, she held we must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose. Thus the study of statistics was for her a religious duty.


Described here as being virtuously dedicated to statistics and measurement in medicine.

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 The Life, Letters and Labours of Francis Galton
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Pearson, Karl (2011-06-02), The Life, Letters and Labours of Francis Galton, Cambridge University Press, Retrieved on 2014-01-24
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    01 JAN 2010

     Scientific Virtues

    Memes that define the virtues of science and behaviors that we should emulate.