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I was lucky because logarithmic plots are a device of the devil. ...
by Charles Francis Richter

I was lucky because logarithmic plots are a device of the devil.
- Charles Francis Richter

There is another common misapprehension that the magnitude
scale is itself some kind of instrument or apparatus.
Visitors will frequently ask to 'see the scale.'
- Charles Francis Richter

If the assumptions used in calculating energy are changed,
then this seriously affects the final result,
even though the same body of data might be used.
- Charles Francis Richter

I usually point out that most loss of life and property
has been due to the collapse of antiquated and unsafe structures,
mostly of brick and other masonry.
- Charles Francis Richter

 

My amateur interest in astronomy brought out the term 'magnitude,'
which is used for the brightness of a star.
- Charles Francis Richter

I'm glad to see the press now referring to the open-ended Richter scale.
- Charles Francis Richter

Nothing is less predictable than the development of
an active scientific field.
- Charles Francis Richter

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I suggested that we might compare earthquakes in terms
of the measured amplitudes recorded at these stations,
with an appropriate correction for distance.
- Charles Francis Richter

This is very similar to astronomy where different magnitudes
are assigned to the brightness of an astronomical object,
depending on the range of wavelengths being measured.
- Charles Francis Richter

In every area of the world where there is earthquake risk,
there are still many buildings of this type;
it is very frustrating to try to get rid of them.
- Charles Francis Richter

Logarithmic plots are a device of the devil.
- Charles Francis Richter

If one introduces the concept of energy of an earthquake
then that is a theoretically derived quantity.
- Charles Francis Richter

Refining is inevitable in science when you have made
measurements of a phenomenon for a long period of time.
- Charles Francis Richter

Emphasis was usually put on the horizontal acceleration factor,
for the simple reason that ordinary structures have
a built-in safety factor for the vertical component;
that is,
gravity.
- Charles Francis Richter

Intensity like signal strength will generally fall
off with distance from the source,
although it also depends on the local conditions and
the pathway from the source to the point.
- Charles Francis Richter

By moving them vertically, a representative mean curve could be formed,
and individual events were then characterized by individual
logarithmic differences from the standard curve.
- Charles Francis Richter

Incidentally, the usual designation of the magnitude
scale to my name does less than justice to the great
part that Dr. Gutenberg played in extending the scale
to apply to earthquakes in all parts of the world.
- Charles Francis Richter

As seismologists gained more experience from earthquake records,
it became obvious that the problem could not be reduced
to a single peak acceleration.
In fact, a full frequency of vibrations occurs.
- Charles Francis Richter

What emerged, of course, was that the magnitude scale
presupposed that all earthquakes were alike except
for a constant scaling factor.
And this proved to be closer to the truth than we expected.
- Charles Francis Richter

From here, it becomes an engineering problem;
the engineer considers the ground motion that will
occur and evaluates the requirements of the proposed
structure in the light of the local foundation conditions.
- Charles Francis Richter

I repeatedly have to correct this belief.
In a sense, magnitude involves steps of 10 because
every increase of one magnitude represents a tenfold
amplification of the ground motion.
But there is no 'scale of 10' in the sense of an upper limit.
- Charles Francis Richter

For example, some stars put out large amounts of energy
in the infrared part of the spectrum,
so that this can produce a different relative magnitude
rating than using light energy from the middle of the spectrum.
- Charles Francis Richter

We would have been happy if we could have assigned just three categories,
large, medium, and small; the point is,
we wanted to avoid personal judgments.
It actually turned out to be quite a finely tuned scale.
- Charles Francis Richter

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

For those men who, sooner or later, are lucky enough
to break away from the pack, the most intoxicating moment
comes when they cease being bodies in other men's command
and find that they control their own time,
when they learn their own voice and authority.
- Theodore H. White

A best friend is like a four leaf clover,
hard to find and lucky to have.
- Anonymous

I'm lucky, I don't like sweets, not even chocolate.
- Eva Herzigova

Mammograms are really sort of a gift.
You can either catch something early or count your
lucky stars because nothing was discovered.
Either way, you're ahead of the game.
- Charlotte Ross

Perhaps people, and kids especially,
are spoiled today,
because all the kids today have cars,
it seems.
When I was young you were lucky to have a bike.
- James Cagney

A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.
- Stanley Weiser

It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless.
If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.
- Michael Eisner

I feel very lucky because of my parents and then my education,
the opportunities that I've had, so I would like to
continue working to improve lives for others.
- Hillary Clinton

Basically, though, I'm just lucky to love what I do for a living.
- John Goodman

There is no question that everybody who works in show
business is lucky because of the number of people who
wish they where working in show business.
- Brent Spiner

Well, I think I am a very, very lucky person.
I'm very fortunate.
- David Dinkins

I was one of the first of the uglies.
Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter...
were very pretty fellows, and that was the trend.
I was one of the first of the uglies to get lucky.
- Rod Taylor

I'm really lucky that my record companies have been
patient with me and leave me alone and give me the
time to make it right in my mind.
- Sarah McLachlan

Actors, I don't think, ever really grow up.
I'm hoping that that rejuvenating process applies to me,
too.
It has so far.
I've been very lucky.
- Derek Jacobi

I'm lucky that a lot of my friends are in the entertainment industry.
- Sean Lennon

I was in a bar the other night, hopping from barstool to barstool,
trying to get lucky, but there wasn't any gum under any of them.
- Emo Philips

I got a job immediately after leaving high school;
I was lucky -
three dollars a week and all I could eat,
working on a vegetable truck.
- Ernest Borgnine

I'm lucky the arthritis happened at the time that it
did because of the record.
- Daniel Johns

I've been very lucky, considering what I look like and what I do.
- James Gandolfini

I've always been incredibly lucky that the music that I make,
other people like it.
- Sarah McLachlan

I was lucky.
I had a lot of really good influences.
- Brad Dourif

You gotta try your luck at least once a day,
because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.
- Jimmy Dean

I'm amazed that things have panned out the way they have.
I always say I'm so lucky, though my mum always says,
"You make your own luck."
- Orlando Bloom

God's dice always have a lucky roll.
- Sophocles

I believe that we were very, very lucky that it went that way.
- Giovanni Agnelli

I was lucky to have my wife as the art director,
and it turned out to be quite something -
a great success.
I'm very proud of it.
- Helmut Newton

With the number of people I ignore, I'm lucky I work at all in this town.
- Helena Bonham Carter

When you realize who the good people are in your life,
you're so lucky.
- Sophia Bush

I realize I'm a very lucky man.
I love what I do, I love films, TV and theatre,
and the fact that I'm able to make a living at it staggers me.
- Eric Stoltz

I know that I'm very lucky to be alive.
For 35 or 40 years I've spilt my blood and broke my
bones and spent years in hospitals.
- Evel Knievel

Sometimes in this game it's as good to be lucky as it is to be good.
- Vida Blue

I get a trickling few scripts that I'm lucky enough
that some of them are great.
I don't get loads of scripts.
- Meryl Streep

I was lucky enough to first meet Elvis at his house
in Bel Air and he used to invite different artists,
singers and musicians, to come and jam with him at his house.
- Jackie DeShannon

I did nothing but work.
I made work my hobby.
I was lucky that way.
- Mary Roebling

I didn't get old on purpose, it just happened.
If you're lucky, it could happen to you.
- Andy Rooney

My dearly beloved if I am to die today and never see
the sweet face of you I want you to know that I am
no great man and am lucky to have such a woman as you.
- Wild Bill Hickok

As a teenager I had no idea that I had the potential
to win an Olympic gold medal and my athletic career
developed only by lucky circumstances.
- Peter Snell

The average life spans of many bands are not that long,
up to five years if they are lucky.
- Mike McCready

I've been lucky to broadcast some great events and
to broadcast the exploits of some great players.
- Ernie Harwell

We would love to have other children.
It hasn't happened.
We haven't been lucky enough.
- Marg Helgenberger

Life is short.
Ricky and I realize how lucky we were.
We want to be together all the time.
- Christie Brinkley

I do have a lucky pair of underwear.
- Brendan Fehr

I have many shortcomings.
I feel very lucky to have been able to have what I've had.
- Joshua Lederberg

I started at the age of 8 and have been lucky to be still working.
- Mackenzie Astin

I've been very lucky in the characters I've chosen.
Up until last year I was a nobody.
I did jobs I booked because I needed to put food in my mouth.
- Kristen Bell

It was always easy for me.
I was born very rich and lucky.
- Yahoo Serious


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