‘Treasure’: Claire’s Gorgeous Resin Artwork

Treasure, at left, by Claire Layman, 150 × 50cm, resin on stretched canvas. Claire is an internationally recognised artist, also a longtime friend.

Walk into our living room and be struck by the vibrancy and depth of colour of Treasure, so much more alive than any small printed copy can be.

Claire generously agreed that Treasure could be used on the cover of our three statistics textbooks. See the note on the copyright page of each.

At right, top to bottom:

UTNS (2012)

ITNS1 (2017)

ITNS2 (2024)

People often make comments like: “Looks like slices through some sort of stones”, “It’s wriggling things under a microscope!” or “Go snorkelling and see things like those?”

Claire’s response is “It’s an artwork, see it as you wish!” She mentions also that there’s no official top or bottom: hang it horizontally or vertically, either way up.

Besides looking great, is there any justification for it appearing on statistics books? People often make comments like: “There’s a pattern of those blues—oh, no there’s not”, or “Look, those ones sort-of alternate, but not quite”. Claire says that she often “starts to make a pattern, then breaks it”. That all sounds to me like trying to find some sort of regularity in randomness, which is one way of describing the aim of statistical inference: Can we identify a difference, or other pattern, lurking in the sampling variability, how large or strong is that pattern, and how confident can we be in our conclusion? That’s the central concern of our books.

Do you agree with the graphic designer’s choice of part-images from Treasure for the covers?


NEXT: Choosing a cover design.     

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