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Sean Gourley:
The mathematics of war

TED2009 · 7:19 · Filmed Feb 2009
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Sean Gourley: The mathematics of war
7:19 · Filmed February 2009 at TED2009 · Subtitles available in 29 languages

By analyzing raw data on violent incidents in the Iraq war and others, Sean Gourley and his team claim to have found a surprisingly strong mathematical relationship linking the fatality and frequency of attacks.

Physicist and military theorist
Sean Gourley, trained as a physicist, has turned his scientific mind to analyzing data about a messier topic: modern war and conflict. He is a TED Fellow. Full bio
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