Fisher and friends

(Or: Famous statisticians whom in the course of my 96 years I was lucky enough to meet and get to know)


  • This article was prepared for publication by Nathan Keyfitz and Steven Orzack, Senior Research Scientist at the Fresh PondResearch Institute, Massachusetts. (


What do famous statisticians really get up to at conferences? The answer, it seems, is crosswords, exchanging bedrooms and holding up mice. Nathan Keyfitz offers a rare glimpse of R. A. Fisher and company at what could loosely be described as work.