On The Origins Of The Royal Society

The Royal Society was not the professional organization it is today; [in Thomas Bayes' time] it was a private organization of dues-paying amateurs from the landed gentry. But it played a vital role because amateurs would produce some of the era's breakthroughs.


The earl and the Royal's Society's energetic secretary, John Canton, operated an informal network of peer reviewers who critiqued one another's work.

-- Sharon Bertsch McGrayne

from "The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy"

Quoted on Sat Jul 7th, 2012