Quotations by Lewis Fry Richardson


Another advantage of a mathematical statement is that it is so definite that it might be definitely wrong; and if it is found to be wrong, there is a plenteous choice of amendments ready in the mathematicians' stock of formulae. Some verbal statements have not this merit; they are so vague that they could hardly be wrong, and are correspondingly useless.
Mathematics of War and Foreign Politics.

Big whorls have little whorls,
That feed on their velocity;
And little whorls have lesser whorls,
And so on to viscosity.
[summarising his paper The supply of energy from and to Atmospheric Eddies 1920]

See also quotations by De Morgan


JOC/EFR February 2006

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