“From Calculators to Statisticians”
Perhaps the invention of arithmetic came from human being’s “existential exigent necessity to measure” his habitat and to determine, delineate and to count and account, as to take ownership of “things” objects and artefacts around him; beginning with using the 10 digits on his hands as man’s first personal abacus and ruler. The abacus, the slide-ruler, and the not so long ago “HP 35” of the seventies are the medieval Merchant’s Calculator’s aide to calculate linear and non-linear functions and equations. However the real “See-Change” in the power of modern digital-computers has been the shift from “calculator” to “data-processing”, and in harnessing its ability to crunch massive amounts of data and to present its output in visualization of nature’s complex dynamic phenomenon, such as in the scientific study of aerodynamics and demographics phenomena.
In all of Humanity’s modern urban societal endeavours, from “putting a man on the moon” down to the granular level of his “family business and trading operational activities” are all critically dependent on his keystone faculty of mathematically manipulating large numbers as to count and account, and this technology has served human beings well though the ages. But with the advent of the forth “industrial age” and emergence of an authentic post-modern society’s market-value basis “democracy”, a corporate Chief Executive Officer who is equipped with an MBA and his personal computer is beginning to take his business skills and people management abilities beyond the limitations of counting, and applying the powers of statistic technology to regain ownership of a stochastic dynamic societal phenomenon such as demographics and Marketing.