Energy=Mass of City squared
December 24, 2010 10:24 AM Subscribe
A Physicist Solves the City“I can take these laws and make precise predictions about the number of violent crimes and the surface area of roads in a city in Japan with 200,000 people. I don’t know anything about this city or even where it is or its history, but I can tell you all about it. And the reason I can do that is because every city is really the same.” After a pause, as if reflecting on his hyperbole, West adds: “Look, we all know that every city is unique. That’s all we talk about when we talk about cities, those things that make New York different from L.A., or Tokyo different from Albuquerque. But focusing on those differences misses the point. Sure, there are differences, but different from what? We’ve found the what.”
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Geoffrey West, a controversial theoretical physicist, attempts to reduce the myriad complexities of the city into a series of equations and correlations.