Hold this thought: ‘There are big lies, damn big lies and big data science’. Statistics is a science, some argue that it is the oldest of sciences. It can be traced back in history to the days of Augustus Caesar, and before. In 1998, Lynn Billard wrote a paper that laid out the role of the statistician and statistics. She said, ‘no science began until man mastered the concepts and arts of counting, measuring, and weighting’.