Founder of Modern Statistics

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 515–516. Reviews the book, R. A. Fisher: The Life of a Scientist by Joan Fisher Box (1978). This book is a biography of one of the great scientific intellects of our time. While this book throws incidental light on Fisher as a man, husband, father, friend, and antagonist, its primary objective is to describe Fisher's scientific thinking and discoveries throughout his life for the general reader, with as little technical language and equipment as possible. In meeting this objective, the book is a remarkable achievement. Fisher was sensitive to implied criticism and engaged in a good deal of controversy, in both statistics and genetics, while getting his ideas accepted and later defending them from attack. In describing such controversies, the book is fair. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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