Researchers Reduce the Secret of Life—or, at Least, of Conflict—to a Simple Formula

Researchers Reduce the Secret of Life—or, at Least, of Conflict—to a Simple Formula 1

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A recent study concluded that the September 11 terrorist attacks fit a pattern exhibited by a range of other human conflicts, including child-parent disputes, sexual violence against women, and civil wars.

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A recent study concluded that the September 11 terrorist attacks fit a pattern exhibited by a range of other human conflicts, including child-parent disputes, sexual violence against women, and civil wars.

The "war on terror" has cost the United States something on the order of $4-trillion since 2001. The fighting in various countries has taken more than 200,000 lives.

Now, Neil F. Johnson, a professor of physics at the University of Miami, believes he's found a mathematical formula that can both explain the course of the war and help predict future terrorist attacks.

In fact, Mr. Johnson