Kilmun, Holy Loch
Lewis Fry Richardson (1881-1953) retired to Hill House, Kilmun, in 1943. This was not far from Loch Long, where he carried out his famous experiments on relative dispersion in fluid flow by using lots of turnips, c. 1950. Here he did his studies on coastlines, essentially discovering the 'fractal dimension', which inspired Mandelbrot's development of fractals. He also tinkered with an analogue computer for weather prediction, recognising that electronics would be able to solve the problem, either by analogue or by digital means.
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An extract from
The Mathematical Gazetteer of the British Isles
created by David Singmaster
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