Weather, War, and Chaos: Richardson's Encounter with Molecules and Nations [chapter]

Jürgen Scheffran
2019 Pioneers in Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering, Practice  
Richardson's pioneering work on modeling conflict and arms races has demonstrated that mathematics can contribute to peace and conflict research, using system dynamics and stability conceptions to study both nature and society. Drawing from limitations and extensions of Richardson's model, including decision rules and chaos in arms races, an integrated modeling framework of social interaction among multiple agents is presented to study conflict phenomena in a complex world. Conditions for
more » ... ility and chaos are discussed, potentially leading to arms races and violent conflicts, as well as transitions between conflict and cooperation. The model offers a basis for insights into the analysis of potential relationships of natural resources and climate change with social stability and conflict, building bridges between Richardson's research in atmospheric sciences and his work on peace and conflict.
doi:10.1007/978-3-030-31589-4_8 fatcat:wvhkn442wjf6jj77n5ymesoa6a