See review by Cinna Lomnitz in this issue of SRL, page 209.

Charles Richter invented the concept of magnitude as a measure of earthquake size and turned himself into nothing less than a household word—he is the only seismologist whose name anyone outside narrow scientific circles would likely recognize. Drawing on the wealth of papers Richter left behind and dozens of interviews with his family and colleagues, Susan Hough takes the reader deep into Richter's complex life story, setting it in the context of his family and interpersonal attachments, his academic career, and the history of seismology.

Richter's Scale:...

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