Edwin Bidwell Wilson
|Born||April 25, 1879|
|Died||December 28, 1964(aged 85)|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Institutions||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Doctoral advisor||Josiah Willard Gibbs|
|Doctoral students||Jane Worcester|
Edwin Bidwell Wilson (April 25, 1879 – December 28, 1964) was an American mathematician and polymath. He was the sole protégé of Yale's physicist Josiah Willard Gibbs and was mentor to MIT economist Paul Samuelson.
Wilson gave a plenary address at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1904 in Heidelberg and in 1924 in Toronto.
In Wilson (1927) he introduced the Wilson score interval, a binomial proportion confidence interval, and also derived the "plus four rule", which uses a pseudocount of two (add two to both your count of successes and failures, so four total) for estimating the probability of a Bernoulli variable with a confidence interval of two standard deviations in each direction (approximately 95% coverage).
- 1901: Vector Analysis
- 1904: "The Foundations of Mathematics", Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 11(2):74–93, a review of The Principles of Mathematics by Bertrand Russell
- 1912: (with Gilbert N. Lewis) "The Space-time Manifold of Relativity. The Non-Euclidean Geometry of Mechanics and Electromagnetics", Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 48:387–507
- 1912: Advanced Calculus via Internet Archive
- 1920: Aeronautics: A Class Text, John Wiley & Sons, link from Internet Archive
- Wilson, E. B. (1927). "Probable inference, the law of succession, and statistical inference". Journal of the American Statistical Association. 22: 209–212. doi:10.1080/01621459.1927.10502953. JSTOR 2276774.
- "Obituary: Edwin B. Wilson". Physics Today. 18 (6): 88. June 1965. doi:10.1063/1.3047526. Archived from the original on 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
- How I Became an Economist by Paul A. Samuelson, 1970 Laureate in Economics, 5 September 2003
- E.B. Wilson (1902) Vector Analysis: A Text-book for the Use of Students of Mathematics and Physics, based upon the lectures of Willard Gibbs
- "Products in Additive Fields von E. B. Wilson aus New Haven". Verhandlungen des dritten Internationalen Mathematiker-Kongress, Heidelberg, 1904. Leipzig: Teubner. 1905.
- List of ASA Fellows, retrieved 2016-07-16.
- Moore, David; et al. Introduction to the Practice of Statistics. Macmillan Learning. p. 478. ISBN 9781319013387.
- J. B. Shaw (1913) The Wilson-Lewis Algebra of Four-dimensional Space, Bulletin of the Quaternion Society via HathiTrust
- Jerome Hunsaker and Saunders MacLane (1973) Biographical Memoirs v. 43, pp. 285–320, National Academy of Sciences of USA.
- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Edwin Bidwell Wilson", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
- Edwin Bidwell Wilson at the Mathematics Genealogy Project