Is geography a science?
The title of this chapter is, at first sight, both odd and untimely. Since geography was founded as a university discipline, many practitioners have insisted that it is a science. Consider the following statements that span the history of English-speaking university geography: geography is the science whose main function is to trace the interaction of man ... and ... his environment. (Halford Mackinder, 1887: 143) geography, I would argue, is a strict science. (William Bunge, 1962: x) geography is ... a science. (Keith Richards, 2003: 25)