Civilizations as finite b-lognormals: Mathematical history

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Abstract

Centuries of human history on Earth should have taught us something. Basically, civilizations are born, fight against each other, and die, merging, however, with newer civilizations. To cast all this in terms of mathematical equations is hard. The reason nobody has done so is because the task is so daunting. Indeed, no course on Mathematical History is taught at any university in the world.

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References

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    The interested reader must get a copy of this wonderful book: Interstellar Migration and the Human Experience, by Ben R. Finney and Eric M. Jones, University of California Press, 1986—354 (http://books.google.com/books/about/Interstellar_Migration_and_the_Human_Exp.html?hl=ja&id=iKnaLbRtQasC). This book is indeed “revolutionary”, inasmuch it looks at the history of many past civilizations with the glasses of the new science of SETI. A lot can be learned from this book; moreover, it is free of mathematics.
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    Carl Sagan, Cosmos, Random House, 1980. See in particular p. 335 and the caption to the diagram there.Google Scholar
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    Michael and Denise Okuda, The Star Trek Chronology, 1996, available from Amazon.com.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Academy of Astronautics and Istituto Nazionale di AstrofisicaTorino (Turin)Italy

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