Prophet”or Professor? The Life and Work of Lewis Fry Richardson



This book focuses on a man who, in his lifetime, was scarcely known to the general public. Yet within certain circles, Richardson has had enormous impact within recent years. Although there are many scientists and humanists who exercise influence in their own respective fields, rarely do they bridge disciplines. It is this combination that has made Lewis Fry Richardson a figure worthy of a full-length biography, not just to record his contributions to each field but to provide an analysis and understanding of what motivated his diversity. In another age, Richardson would have been counted as a Renaissance man. He has variously been referred to as a chemist, physicist, mathematician, psychologist, meteorologist, economist, and biologist. In retrospect, he clearly was well ahead of his time, whether the subject in question was his work in numerical weather prediction or in war studies.