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Analytical Theory of Biological Populations by Alfred J. Lotka

By Alfred J. Lotka

In the 50 years that experience handed on account that Alfred Latka's demise in 1949 his place because the father of mathematical demography has been safe. along with his first demographic papers in 1907 and 1911 (the latter co­ authored with F. R. Sharpe) he laid the rules for solid inhabitants idea, and over the following a long time either principally accomplished it and located handy mathematical approximations that gave it useful applica­ tions. considering his time, the sphere has moved in numerous instructions he didn't foresee, yet normally it truly is nonetheless his. regardless of Latka's stature, in spite of the fact that, the reader nonetheless must hunt during the previous journals to find his important works. As but no exten­ sive collections of his papers are in print, and for his half he by no means as­ sembled his contributions right into a unmarried quantity in English. He did so in French, within the half Theorie Analytique des institutions Biologiques (1934, 1939). Drawing on his parts of actual Biology (1925) and so much of his mathematical papers, Latka provided French readers insights into his organic proposal and a concise and mathematically obtainable precis of what he referred to as contemporary contributions in demographic analy­ sis. we might be actual in additionally calling it Latka's contributions in demographic analysis.

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It is only necessary that they have the characteristic properties that a biological organism can possess. To reduce the problem to its fundamental elements it will probably be advantageous to concern ourselves with idealized transformers much simpler than those we encounter in nature. This will be a process of abstraction, similar to those which have shown themselves so fertile in results in the other branches of science. " That is a much debated question,* a question not without considerable import in the philosophy of science.

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