Originally Posted by |MaguS|
The SPECIAL book explains everything about your stats.
Not really, it hints with little rhymes and such, but doesn't really flat-out tell you. The SPECIAL section in the Pip-Boy does though, as does the manual.
Strength is for weight carrying and melee, which basically means it is almost useless... I think my main character has a strength of 3.
The one you want to max early on is Intelligence, as you get more skill points from it.