Indispensable instruments

Numbers, which may at times appear to be secondary to emotions, are an indispensable instrument. Thanks to our reading of numbers and data, we can more clearly understand the problems afflicting communities and act with rigour and determination to tackle and resolve them.

And with regard to the object of this Forum, there is, I think, no science that is more deeply rooted in interrelations than statistics. For those who dedicate themselves to this science, numbers are inseparable companions: but the ability to connect numbers is what gives real value to this research and makes its findings indispensable in this day and age.

No science is more interdisciplinary than statistics – I think everyone will agree on that. But at the same time, no science can be less useful if it is not related to the entire world of knowledge.

©OECD Observer No 246/247, December 2004-January 2005

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