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My Anti-Communist Statistics Textbook

Not all is off in academe, friends. Here, the text which appears in a sidebar in my statistics textbook. It appears just below a crossed-out hammer and sickle:

In 1950, the Russian mathematician B.V. Gnedenko (1912-1995) wrote The Theory of Probability, a text that was popular around the world. The introduction contains a mystifying paragraph that begins, “We note that the entire development of probability theory shows evidence of how its concepts and ideas were crystallized in a severe struggle between materialistic and idealistic conceptions.” It turns out that “materialistic” is jargon for “Marxist-Leninist.” It was good for the health of Russian scientists in the Stalin era to add such statements to their books.

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