Quantitative Revolution

In the history of geography, the quantitative revolution (QR or Quantitative Revolution) was one of the four major turning-points of modern geography -- the other three being environmental determinism, regional geography and critical geography). The quantitative revolution occurred during the 1950s and 1960s and marked a rapid change in the method behind geographical research, from regional geography into a spatial science. The main claim for the quantitative revolution is that it led to a shift from a descriptive (idiographic) geography to an empirical law-making (nomothetic) geography.

(Note: The quantitative revolution had occurred earlier in economics and psychology and contemporaneously in political science and other social sciences and to a lesser extent in history.)

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