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Reviewed Work: The Significance of Fisher: A Review of R. A. Fisher: The Life of a Scientist. by Joan Fisher Box
Review by: William Kruskal
Journal of the American Statistical Association
Vol. 75, No. 372 (Dec., 1980), pp. 1019-1030
DOI: 10.2307/2287199
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2287199
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Joan Fisher Box's biography of R. A. Fisher presents a lively and detailed description of his life and scientific work, both in statistics and genetics. The book's greatest contribution is the background and motivation it provides in studying Fisher's ideas. The book's major weaknesses are its failure to confront fundamental paradoxes in Fisher's thought and its lack of precision at some points of exposition. The review includes discussions of randomization, significance testing, and eugenics.

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