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Fifty Years of Regional Science by Raymond J. G. M. Florax, David A. Plane (auth.), Professor

By Raymond J. G. M. Florax, David A. Plane (auth.), Professor Dr. Raymond J. G. M. Florax, Professor Dr. David A. Plane (eds.)

This booklet includes the total textual content of the precise Golden Anniversary factor of the flagship magazine of the neighborhood technological know-how organization overseas (RSAI), Papers in nearby technology (Volume eighty three, quantity 1), in addition to the total textual content of Walter Isard's Presidential tackle "The destiny (near and much) of local science". Professor Isard initially added the speech in a different plenary consultation of the 50th North American conferences of the local technological know-how organization foreign. The consultation begun with a ceremonial kickoff to the year-long social gathering of the multidisciplinary field's first 50 years. on the rite, hung on the morning of Friday, November 21,2004 on the DoubleTree resort in Philadelphia, we provided Walter Isard, the founding father of our multidisciplinary box, in addition to Antoine Bailly, the President of the nearby technology organization foreign, and David Boyce, the Association's Archivist, with commemorative first copies of the anniversary factor. This publication, entitled Fifty Years of local technological know-how, comprises a compendium of "thought" papers authored by means of a consultant sampling of a few of the field's top students. For the targeted magazine factor we initially titled the gathering: "The Brightest of Dawns".

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John Roy and Jean-Claude Thill reflect on the development of spatial interaction methods from their inception in gravity model formulations through the replacement of the gravity analogy by the more general concepts of entropy or information theory, to a more inclusive probabilistic framework. The concluding article in the volume is by Michael Goodchild and Robert Raining. Its focus is on the convergence of Geographic Information Systems and spatial data analysis - a trend that should increasingly broaden the interest of applied regional scientists in Geographic Information Science.

In order to provide one version of a historical assessment, the book review editor of Papers in Regional Science, Brigitte Waldorf, carried out an e-mail poll of a large number of internationally active regional scientists. Each scholar was asked to select a small set of "path-breaking" books: those that rank as the most important and influential both in the development of the field and in the respondent's own scholarly development. We think you will find the composite rankings she reports interesting maybe even controversial - and we hope you enjoy the small suite of specially commissioned reviews that follow those rankings.

The overall top-25 predominantly ranks American and European scholars. P. Paelinck) during the late seventies and early eighties. 6 Similarly, John B. Parr scores very high, as well as several other European authors, including Kasimierz Dziewonski from Poland, Ake Andersson from Sweden, and the German Edwin von B6venter. Noboru Sakashita from Japan is the only Asian Pacific author on the overalllist. 7 To analyse the multidisciplinarity of regional science, we break down the affiliations of authors (of all types of publications) following Anselin's (1995) categorisation of "disciplines" by authors' "departmental" affiliations.

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