By Alfred J. Lotka,David P. Smith,Hélène Rossert

within the 50 years that experience handed for the reason that Alfred Latka's loss of life 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 sturdy inhabitants idea, and over the subsequent many years either principally accomplished it and located handy mathematical approximations that gave it useful applica­ tions. because his time, the sector has moved in different instructions he didn't foresee, yet generally it truly is nonetheless his. regardless of Latka's stature, although, the reader nonetheless must hunt throughout the outdated journals to find his relevant works.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 components of actual Biology (1925) and so much of his mathematical papers, Latka provided French readers insights into his organic concept and a concise and mathematically obtainable precis of what he known as contemporary contributions in demographic analy­ sis. we'd be actual in additionally calling it Latka's contributions in demographic analysis.

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