Karl Pearson and Statistics

  title={Karl Pearson and Statistics},
  author={B. Norton},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  pages={3 - 34}
  • B. Norton
  • Published 1978
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Social Studies of Science
  • Karl Pearson (1857-1936) is often considered to be the father of the modern discipline of statistics, which emerged from his work in mathematical biology or biometry. Pearson's statistics was, by turn, integrally linked with attempts to establish eugenics as the queen of the social sciences. This paper argues that to understand (i) Pearson's taking to biometry, (ii) biometry's power to yield developments in statistics, and (iii) the association of eugenics with statistics, we must understand… CONTINUE READING

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