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Darwin and Lotka: two concepts of population

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Population was the subject of two major conceptual developments in the second quarter of the 20th century. Both were inspired by evolutionary biology. Lotka developed a mathematics of evolution in human and other species by analogy to thermodynamic models. His theory followed demographic practice in treating populations as closed units, commonly macro-scale, and in inferring underlying processes of change from aggregate outcomes. In contrast, the evolutionary synthesis - a collaborative produ...

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10.4054/DemRes.2009.21.16

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Somerville College
Publisher:
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Publisher's website
Journal:
Demographic Research Journal website
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21
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Article: 16
Pages:
469-502
Publication date:
2009-10-05
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1435-9871
URN:
uuid:afc3137c-acf5-4886-943c-751b12b311f4
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ora:5218
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English
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