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