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Bob Wardrop

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Registered: 12/6/04
My textbook
Posted: Jun 12, 1996 2:48 PM
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I understand that my text has been mentioned on this newsgroup. I would
like to provide some information to those who might be interested.

Below is a LaTeX source file of a letter that I have begun sending
to some colleagues around the country. Please note the comments
by Professor Hettmansperger and that my book was reviewed in
the May, 1995, issue of _The American Statistician_.

The letter mentions a guest editorial in UMAP; it appeared in the
Spring 1995 issue. I can make it available electronically or
mail it you if you have an interest. (UMAP has given me permission
to use the editorial, and Prof Hettmansperger did the same; I am
not comfortable with distributing the TAS review---reviews are
not created as ads, I simply mention its existance.)

I certainly do not want to cast any aspersions on Brown Publishing.
The people I worked with their were very helpful and Brown was
fair in the settlement of my inventory. The rest is just the modus
operandi of large corporations.

I would be most happy to do whatever I can to make my book a
success for you. I will be distributing the book myself with
the help of my family. One big bonus to your students is that
I will be able to offer the text at a price that is substantially
lower than the publisher's wholesale price.

--------------------------

\documentstyle[11pt,times,fullpage]{letter}
\signature{Robert L. Wardrop\\ Professor \\
Department of Statistics \\ University of Wisconsin--Madison \\
(608) 263-3304 \\ \mbox{wardrop@stat.wisc.edu}}
\begin{document}
\begin{letter}{ }
\opening{Dear Statistics Instructor/Professor:}

I am writing to you about my textbook,
{\em Statistics: Learning in the Presence of Variation}
that was published by William C. Brown, copyright 1995.

Professor T. P. Hettmansperger of the Department of Statistics
at Pennsylvania State University has used my textbook in his
course, and writes,
\begin{quote}
The text {\em Statistics: Learning in the Presence of Variation}
by Robert
Wardrop is unique among elementary statistics texts. Virtually all texts
available (with the exception of the present text) follow a standard
formula which has been in vogue for over 30 years. Wardrop's text breaks
this mold in the best possible way. His book approaches the subject of
statistics more like a user would approach the subject. Inference is
introduced immediately (not after 300 pages as is typical) and is
continuously reinforced throughout the book. The students are taught to
think statistically rather than taught how to apply formulas. This book is
well written and is the most refreshing new text to appear on the scene for
many years.
\end{quote}

If Professor Hettmansperger's comments stir your interest in
my text, you might want to examine the enclosed guest editorial
that appeared in {\em The Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics
and Its Applications}. In addition, a very comprehensive review
of my text appeared in the May, 1995, issue of {\em The American
Statistician}, on pages~237--238. Finally, if you want to learn
more about my text, or simply want to hear about my approach to
teaching introductory statistics, I would be very happy to try
to arrange to give a colloquium talk in your department.
(I will not need any
financial support from you to give a talk.)

In early April of this year I received a letter from the CEO of
W.C. Brown. The letter stated that Brown was discontinuing its
mathematics line, and went on to say,
\begin{quote}
Between now and May 31, you, your new publisher, or a selected
agent of yours is free to negotiate purchase of your title's
inventory. After May 31, WCBP will destroy the inventory.
\end{quote}
Forced to act quickly, I decided to purchase 4,000 copies of my
text and handle its distribution, with the help of my family.

I will be handling the distribution of my book out of my home.
My home address is
\begin{quote}
Bob Wardrop

5573 Kupfer Road

Waunakee, WI 53597
\end{quote}
and my home phone number is (608) 849-6819 (call collect). Please
contact me if you need an examination copy of the text. If you adopt
the text, please give my address to your bookstore and let me know how many
copies of the text that you will need for your teaching assistant(s)
or grader(s).

This summer I will be revising the optional {\em Student Solutions Manual}
supplement to the text, to
be ready by August 1. I am excited about this revision. I was
rushed to write the original manual, and there are several ways
it can be improved. In particular, I will provide more study tips
and extra review questions for each chapter. As a final bonus,
without the need to help support the myriad employees of a large
publishing company, the manual will have a very reasonable selling price.

Please feel free to pass this information along to other instructors,
as appropriate.

Thank you for your time and attention.

\closing{Sincerely,}
\end{letter}
\end{document}





Date Subject Author
6/12/96
Read My textbook
Bob Wardrop
6/16/96
Read Re: My textbook
Bob Wardrop

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