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Prof. Irving John Good

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Good, Prof. Irving John     (Easy Link:
Professor Emeritus of Statistics (Deceased)

Interests: Relativity
Nationality: English / USA
Born: Saturday, December 9, 1916
Died: Sunday, April 5, 2009 (Age 92)

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2008Book Review: Old Physics for New: A Worldview Alternative to Einstein's Relativity Theory


Irving J. Good received degrees M.A., Ph.D., Sc.D. from Cambridge University, and D.Sc. from Oxford University. In World War II he was a cryptanalyst at Bletchley Park helping to break the German Naval Enigma and a higher grade system in which Hitler communicated with his generals. From 1967 to 1994 he (Good, not Hitler) worked at Virginia Tech in the Statistics Department. He officially retired in 1994. He is now University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Statistics.

He published more than 2000 technical papers. His first book, Probability and the Weighing of Evidence (1950), was the first book in English on subjective Bayesian statistics. He was the General Editor of The Scientist Speculates: An Anthology of Partly-Baked Ideas (1962) of which there have been French and German translations. His book Good Thinking, the Foundations of Probability and its Applications (1983) contains a selection of Good's more philosophical and less mathematical articles.

Papers by Prof. Irving John Good

Book Review: Old Physics for New: A Worldview Alternative to Einstein's Relativity Theory


Prof. Irving John Good
VA, United States
Dr. Thomas E. Phipps Jr.
908 South Busey Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, United States;, 217-372-9491

Physics Essays, Volume 21, No. 4, pp. 313-314
Keywords: Hertzian Electromagentism, Relativity

Lookup: relativity (390), hertzian (7), electromagentism (3)


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