Year: 1994 Source: Crisis, v.15, no.4, (1994), p.187-188 SIEC No: 19940908

Lester applies analogies from the natural sciences to suicidology. Just as physicists cannot predict which particular atoms will decay during a half-life, it cannot be predicted which specific Americans will commit suicide. It is known that about 30,000 will do so. A second analogy discusses how small differences in input can produce large differences in output. Suicide may be the result of some minor differences in an otherwise ordinary life course. (6 refs.)