Methodos Series

The Descent of Human Sex Ratio at Birth

A Dialogue between Mathematics, Biology and Sociology

Authors: Brian, Éric, Jaisson, Marie

  • A systematic account of the facts and theories on the human sex-ratio at birth
  • Uses a social science perspective to deals with sex ratio randomness
  • An essential analysis of the variability of the proportion of the sexes at birth, one of the main current demographic phenomena
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"Since the 18th century, one phenomenon, the proportion of the sexes at birth among human beings, has contributed to various developments such as the calculus of probabilities, administrative statistics, the moral and social sciences, the statistics of variability, post-Darwinian biology and Durkheimian sociology. This fact is brought to the critical attention of readers who rarely work together -- mathematicians, biologists, historians, social scientists and historians of the sciences -- along a three centuries European journey, meeting Süssmilch, Condorcet, Laplace, Fourier, Girou de Buzareingues, Poisson, Quetelet, Darwin, Düsing, Gini, Halbwachs or Fisher."

"After a deconstruction of the past and present conditions of scientific understanding of human sex-ratio at birth, the authors are proposing a reconstruction of the dynamics of the phenomenon based on stochastics. This is an attempt in renewing our links with the oldest traditions of scholarly thinking, but too a kind of "well-tempered" reflexivity in today’s work of objectivization."

"Appendixes get to the reader the first expression of a trend of the sex ratio at birth to adjust towards balance between the sexes by Condorcet in 1793-1794 ; a comparison of passages that Darwin devoted in 1871 and 1874 to similar issues ; and a sociological attempt of Halbwachs published in 1933."

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Physico-Theology and Mathematics (1710–1794)

    Brian, Éric (et al.)

    Pages 1-25

  • Physiology, Probabilities and Statistics (1795–1830)

    Brian, Éric (et al.)

    Pages 27-57

  • Statistical Sources, Law and Medicine (1846–1876)

    Brian, Éric (et al.)

    Pages 59-85

  • Selection, Sexes and Statistics (Since 1871)

    Brian, Éric (et al.)

    Pages 87-120

  • A Sociological Issue and its Perversion (1898–1942)

    Brian, Éric (et al.)

    Pages 121-143

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eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-7511-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Descent of Human Sex Ratio at Birth
Book Subtitle
A Dialogue between Mathematics, Biology and Sociology
Authors
Series Title
Methodos Series
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6036-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6036-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6035-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7511-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 258
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