Case Studies in Scientific Statecraft Warfare: Joshua's Battle of Jericho

20 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2013

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Barbara Pfeffer Billauer

Institute of World Politics; International Program in Bioethics, U. of Porto; Foundation for Law and Science Centers, Inc.

Date Written: March 17, 2013

Abstract

Statecraft is the use of the intstruments of state power to achieve foreign policy objectives. Often statecraft is divided into six categories: diplomacy, propaganda, economic strategies, subversion, military display and war.

This is the second in series of articles demonstrating the importance of a seventh category, the use of science and the importance of the scientific researcher in effectuating foreign policy. The first article demonstrated the importance of science in the diplomatic achievements of Benjamin Franklin. This article examines the importance of the principles of physics, unenhanced by technology, to achieve the ultimate desired end in warfare -- i.e. complete victory without casualties or loss.

Keywords: Joshua, Jericho, battle, walls, resonance, sonar resonance, mechanical resonance, vibration, sound waves, sound, marching, footsteps, lock-step

JEL Classification: D74, N40, N45, O31, O33, O38

Suggested Citation

Billauer, Barbara P., Case Studies in Scientific Statecraft Warfare: Joshua's Battle of Jericho (March 17, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2234730 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2234730

Barbara P. Billauer (Contact Author)

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