Pearson's Statistics in the Netherlands and the Astronomer Kapteyn

@article{Stamhuis2009PearsonsSI,
title={Pearson's Statistics in the Netherlands and the Astronomer Kapteyn},
author={I. H. Stamhuis and E. Seneta},
journal={International Statistical Review},
year={2009},
volume={77},
pages={96-117}
}

In 1903 the well-known Dutch astronomer Kapteyn published a paper in which he discussed statistical methods which he thought would be relevant for biologists. His motivation was the 1895 paper of Pearson on skew frequency curves. Kapteyn had concluded that the theory was open to grave objections and was not adapted to nonmathematical readers. He was then led to an independent investigation of the subject. This publication would lead to a heated dialogue between Kapteyn and Pearson, in which… Expand