The Mirror Image: A Connection between the Physical and Social Sciences

By Valentine J. Belfiglio.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This article quantifies and classifies the intensity of hostility between the Administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Mahmoud Ahmandinejad, by analyzing their speeches between 2005 and 2008. The paper follows a multidmethodical design which includes content analysis, correlation coefficient, and the Mirror Image formula. This study makes a connection between the social and physical sciences by equating the Mirror Equation used in basic geometric optics, with the mirror image, which is a microcosmic theory of conflict employed in international relations. A comparison of the mirror image and Mirror Equation can help scholars avoid the pitfalls of confining studies to any particular discipline.

Keywords: Mirror Equation, Mirror Image, Physics, International Relations Theory

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 734.334KB).

Prof. Valentine J. Belfiglio

Professor, Department of History and Government, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, USA

Educator of international relations and diplomatic history. Ph.D. University of Oklahoma (1970), published seven books and more than 100 articles. Teaching at Texas Woman’s University 1970-present. Taught courses in military science and international studies at the Texas Military Academy, Austin, Texas 1993-2005. Received Guido Dorso Prize in Research, University of Naples, 1985, C.K. Chamberlain Award for scholarship, East Texas Historical Association, 1990, and the Cornaro Award, Texas Woman’s University, 2003, for excellence in teaching and research. Knighted by the Italian Government in 1991 for extensive writings to promote Italian culture and civilization in America. Focus of recent research: the impact of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations on American culture and public policy.


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