I hate the Richter scale. It feels almost sacrilegious, but I have to say it. Even more, I wish that the public had never heard of it. I am sick of trying to explain logarithms to the reporter who never understood logarithms in middle school and understands them even less today. I dread the phone call from the next middle-school teacher who does understand logarithms and is determined to use the Richter scale to “make logarithms come alive for her students”, a teacher who will undoubtedly argue with me when I tell her a magnitude 6 has about 32 times...
Research Article|July 01, 2000
True Confessions from a Magnitude-weary Seismologist
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Lucy Jones; True Confessions from a Magnitude-weary Seismologist. Seismological Research Letters ; 71 (4): 395–396. doi: https://doi.org/10.1785/gssrl.71.4.395
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