Eleven. Fisher—Father and Son

  1. George E. P. Box

Published Online: 25 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118514948.ch11

An Accidental Statistician: The Life and Memories of George E.P.Box

An Accidental Statistician: The Life and Memories of George E.P.Box

How to Cite

Box, G. E. P. (2013) Fisher—Father and Son, in An Accidental Statistician: The Life and Memories of George E.P.Box, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118514948.ch11

Author Information

  1. Department of Statistics, University of Madison—Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118400883

Online ISBN: 9781118514948

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Keywords:

  • George E.P. Box;
  • Harry Fisher;
  • mathematics

Summary

Harry Fisher was a scientist versed in many subjects, and impressed the author with his deep understanding of the local geology and the flora and fauna. The first meeting between Harry and George E.P. Box which took place in 1923, was typical of Fisher. He held that mathematics was one way at least of reaching general conclusions but not the only one, and, as he fully recognized, Charles Darwin, whom he so admired, was in mathematics ludicrously incompetent. Fisher was far ahead of his contemporaries, so far, indeed, that when his epoch-making book, Statistical Methods for Research Workers, was published in 1925, it did not receive one favorable review. Fisher had a large family, two boys and seven girls, one of whom died in infancy. George was his father's favorite, and Harry, the second son, was a second best. Children liked Harry immediately.