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Mathematical Psychology of War


As NATURE has encouraged scientific workers to think about public affairs, I beg space to remark that equations, describing the onset of the War, and published under the above title in 1919, have again a topical interest, in connexion with the present regrettable rearmament. In revised form: The suffixes 1 and 2 refer to the opposing nations, or groups of nations. The symbol x denotes the variable preparedness for war; t is the time; k is a defence-coefficient’ and is positive and more or less constant; is a fatigue and expense coefficient and is also positive and moderately constant. Lastly, represents those dissatisfactions-with-treaties, which tend to provoke a breach of the peace.

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RICHARDSON, L. Mathematical Psychology of War. Nature 135, 830–831 (1935).

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