The End of Dueling


Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

During medieval times, it was a sign of honor and courage for men to challenge a rival to a duel by sword, typically someone who was in love with the same woman.

The outcome was seldom fatal, as soon as one received the first stab, he had lost. But with the invention of handguns, duels almost always were fatal, sometimes for both, and dueling soon went out of fashion.

Nuclear weapons, which would leave no winner in war, have now made war equally obsolete.


Dietrich Fischer (1941-2015) from Münsingen, Switzerland, got a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern 1968 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University 1976. 1986-88 he was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security at Princeton University. He has taught mathematics, computer science, economics and peace studies at various universities and been a consultant to the United Nations. He was co-founder, with Johan Galtung, of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment in 1993.

Excerpted from Dietrich Fischer’s Stories to Inspire You – TRANSCEND University Press-TUP.


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