Lewis Fry Richardson – A Pioneer Not Forgotten

Book chapter

Gleditsch, Nils Petter (2020) Lewis Fry Richardson – A Pioneer Not Forgotten, in Lewis Fry Richardson: His Intellectual Legacy and Influence in the Social Sciences. Heidelberg: Springer (1–12).

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Lewis F Richardson, a physicist by training, remains a towering presence in two academic subjects, meteorology and peace research. Prizes are named for him in both fields. This chapter introduces a collection of articles assessing Richardson’s legacy and his enduring influence in the social sciences. It reviews his citations as an indication of the range of his influence and discusses his impact in five areas of social science: the study of arms races, data collection on deadly quarrels, the stability of the long peace, the role of geography in conflict, and the role of mathematics in peace studies. It also includes a brief discussion of the conscience of a scholar with regard to preparations for war.

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