Recollections of the ‘Quantitative Revolution’s’ Early Years: The University of Washington 1955–65

  • Richard L. Morrill


I will admit at the start that I am proud to have been part of this period of challenge and re-direction (as others have shown, ‘quantitative revolution’ is not properly descriptive), and also that my memory for detail does not extend to who said what, and when. Nevertheless, I hope to present a reasonably faithful picture of what it was like as a participant — how I as an individual changed, and how the group of students and faculty interacted and changed.


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Notes and References

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    W. Christaller, Central Places in Southern Germany (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1966).Google Scholar
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    A. Lôsch, The Economics of Location (Yale University Press, 1954).Google Scholar
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    W. Isard, Location and Space Economy (MIT Press, 1956).Google Scholar
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    See, for example, P. Samuelson, Linear Programming and Economic Analysis (New York, 1958).Google Scholar
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    R. Hartshorne, Perspective on the Nature of Geography; P.E. James, American Geography (Syracuse University Press, 1954).Google Scholar
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    W.L. Garrison et al., Studies of Highway Development and Geographic Change (University of Wastington Press, 1959).Google Scholar
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    R.L. Morrill, ‘The development of spatial distributions of towns in Sweden’, Annals Ass. Am. Geog., vol. 53 (1963) pp. 1–14.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    I don’t use this phrase to demean ‘description’, since I agree with M.D.I. Chisholm that ‘good description is the basis of scientific progress’, Human Geography Evolution or Revolution (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1975) p. 171, but to demean our dependence on it.Google Scholar
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