"A fascinating description of the kinds of people who interacted, collaborated, disagreed, and were brilliant in the development of statistics."
—Barbara A. Bailar, Senior Vice-President, National Opinion Research Center
"Salsburg's book is the story of statistical theory in the 20th century, its time of triumph, and of the mathematical/scientific geniuses who made it happen. He writes with both experience and insight, and with a happy lack of technical barriers between the reader and his subject. Particularly well told is the story of Ronald Fisher, the double genius who founded both mathematical statistics and mathematical genetics. If scientists were judged by their influence on science then Fisher would rank with Einstein and Pauling at the top of the modern ladder."
—Brad Efron, Professor of Statistics, Stanford University