The Mathematics of War

Monday, May 18th, 2009

When I saw that a recent TED Talk was on the mathematics of war, I got excited. I was expecting, perhaps, a brief tour of some old standbys, like Lanchester’s Laws, followed by some new and exciting analysis.

Instead, I got to see Sean Gourley state that casualties follow a power law:

This is not news. Physicist — and pacifist — Lewis Fry Richardson (1881–1953) discovered this relationship many decades ago.

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