In Search of Certainty: the life of R.A. Fisher (2000)

Open University

Fisher as a steward at the First International Eugenics Conference in 1912. Fisher's foremost concern was eugenics, which he saw as a pressing social as well as scientific issue that encompassed both genetics and statistics. In 1911 he was involved in forming the Cambridge University Eugenics Society with such luminaries as John Maynard Keynes, R.C. Punnett and Horace Darwin (Charles Darwin's son). The group was active, and held monthly meetings, often featuring addresses by leaders of mainstream eugenics organizations, such as the Eugenics Education Society of London, founded by Charles Darwin's half-cousin, Francis Galton in 1909.
Watch Part Number: 1 | 2
Not yet rated
Views: 15,002
Date Added: 10 years ago.

Documentary Description

Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher FRS (17 February 1890 – 29 July 1962) was an English statistician, evolutionary biologist, eugenicist and geneticist. He was described by Anders Hald as "a genius who almost single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical science," and Richard Dawkins described him as "the greatest of Darwin's successors". This days we take genetics for granted, but it is R.A. Fisher who went a long way to make it a testable science. Fisher put in place the mathematical tools and conceived of experimental designs to test complex biological hypotheses. This programme tells Fisher's story, the genius of his insight, the arguments and the struggle for acceptance of his ideas.


There are no comments. Be the first to post one.
  Post comment as a guest user.
Click to login or register:
Your name:
Your email:
(will not appear)
Your comment:
(max. 1000 characters)
Are you human? (Sorry)
All external videos in CosmoLearning are merely links to outside video hosts that make available embed codes to be used by external websites or blogs. CosmoLearning will never be responsible for any kind of hosting of external productions. To contact the original host company or uploader, please click on the video displayed to be forwarded to the original video.