Ronald Fisher

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The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to condor and humor. Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world.
George Santayana
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R. A. Fisher

Sir Ronald Fisher (17 February 189029 July 1962) was an evolutionary biologist, geneticist and statistician. He was the father-in-law of George Box.


  • The best causes tend to attract to their support the worst arguments.
    • Statistical Methods and Scientific Inference (1956), p. 31.
  • To call in the statistician after the experiment is done may be no more than asking him to perform a postmortem examination: he may be able to say what the experiment died of.
    • Indian Statistical Congress, Sankhya, around 1938. (from [1])


  • Natural selection is a mechanism for generating an exceedingly high degree of improbability.

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