2015 January 01
originally posted on facebook

A brief glimpse into the insightful mind of Darwin, and of some of the very beginnings of statistics.

“Fisher’s analysis was only possible because Darwin had designed his experiment so well. In fact, Fisher was often frustrated with the quality of other people’s experiments. ‘To call in the statistician after the experiment is done,’ he said, ‘may be no more than asking him to perform a postmortem examination: he may be able to say what the experiment died of.’”

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/darwin-reluctant-mathematician

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