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Analytical Theory of Biological Populations

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alfred J. Lotka
      Pages 13-20
    3. Alfred J. Lotka
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    4. Alfred J. Lotka
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  3. Analytical Theory of Biological Associations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Alfred J. Lotka
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 201-220

About this book


In the 50 years that have passed since Alfred Latka's death in 1949 his position as the father of mathematical demography has been secure. With his first demographic papers in 1907 and 1911 (the latter co­ authored with F. R. Sharpe) he laid the foundations for stable population theory, and over the next decades both largely completed it and found convenient mathematical approximations that gave it practical applica­ tions. Since his time, the field has moved in several directions he did not foresee, but in the main it is still his. Despite Latka's stature, however, the reader still needs to hunt through the old journals to locate his principal works. As yet no exten­ sive collections of his papers are in print, and for his part he never as­ sembled his contributions into a single volume in English. He did so in French, in the two part Theorie Analytique des Associations Biologiques (1934, 1939). Drawing on his Elements of Physical Biology (1925) and most of his mathematical papers, Latka offered French readers insights into his biological thought and a concise and mathematically accessible summary of what he called recent contributions in demographic analy­ sis. We would be accurate in also calling it Latka's contributions in demographic analysis.


Demography Evolution fertility mortality population

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Analytical Theory of Biological Populations
  • Authors Alfred J. Lotka
  • Series Title The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-45927-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4757-9178-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4757-9176-1
  • Series ISSN 1389-6784
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXII, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Demography
    Statistics, general
    Sociology, general
    Public Health
    Population Economics
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