Human Computer Weather Processing - Quaker Lewis Fry Richardson, UK

So @leo told me today about Lewis Fry Richardson, a UK Quaker pacifist who was a pioneer in weather forecast modeling. I thought this was a pretty wild image of a 64,000 brainpower orchestrated “computer” directed by light (photonics). Richardson went on to work with Boulding and Sorokin on modeling international diplomatic relations, too.

" His pacifism had direct consequences on his research interests. According to Thomas Körner,[10] the discovery that his meteorological work was of value to chemical weapons designers caused him to abandon all his efforts in this field, and destroy findings that he had yet to publish."

" Notice that the smaller the ruler, the longer the resulting coastline. It might be supposed that these values would converge to a finite number representing the true length of the coastline. However, Richardson demonstrated that this is not the case: the measured length of coastlines, and other natural features, increases without limit as the unit of measurement is made smaller.[15] This is known nowadays as the Richardson effect.[16]

At the time, Richardson’s research was ignored by the scientific community. Today, it is considered an element of the beginning of the modern study of fractals. Richardson’s research was quoted by mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot in his 1967 paper How Long Is the Coast of Britain? Richardson identified a value (between 1 and 2) that would describe the changes (with increasing measurement detail) in observed complexity for a particular coastline; this value served as a model for the concept of fractal dimension.[17]"

" Richardson also applied his mathematical skills in the service of his pacifist principles, in particular in understanding the basis of international conflict. For this reason, he is now considered the initiator, or co-initiator (with Quincy Wright and Pitirim Sorokin as well as others such as Kenneth Boulding, Anatol Rapaport and Adam Curle), of the scientific analysis of conflict—an interdisciplinary topic of quantitative and mathematical social science dedicated to systematic investigation of the causes of war and conditions of peace. As he had done with weather, he analysed war using mainly differential equations and probability theory."

" In 1909 he married Dorothy Garnett (1885–1956), daughter of the mathematician and physicist William Garnett.[20]"

" Dr. William Garnett (30 December 1850 – 1 November 1932)[1] was a British professor and educational adviser, specialising in physics and mechanics and taking a special interest in electric street lighting."

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That’s incredible!


Still not sure how hyped I am for the Quaker panopticon peace program. : )

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I’m not excited about that either.

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