Quotations by Karl Pearson


The mathematician, carried along on his flood of symbols, dealing apparently with purely formal truths, may still reach results of endless importance for our description of the physical universe.
Quoted in N Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims (Raleigh N C 1988).

Modern science, as training the mind to an exact and impartial analysis of facts, is an education specially fitted to promote citizenship.
The Grammar of Science (London 1911)

The right to live does not connote the right of each man to reproduce his kind ... As we lessen the stringency of natural selection, and more and more of the weaklings and the unfit survive, we must increase the standard, mental and physical, of parentage.
Darwinism, Medical Progress and Parentage (London 1912).

Statistics is the grammar of science.


JOC/EFR April 2011

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