Demographic Research Monographs

Inevitable Aging?

Contributions to Evolutionary-Demographic Theory

Authors: Baudisch, Annette

  • Groundbreaking findings on aging opening a completely new field of research
  • The author gets away from the human centered vision of life showing that aging in any organism does not necessarily correspond to deterioration and senescence
  • Optimization models use sophisticated methods of control theory and dynamic programming
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Honored by the Max Planck Society with the Otto Hahn Medal 2007 for outstanding scientific achievements

Aging is inevitable: this is gerontological dogma. And humans do inevitably grow old, which is probably why it seems so unlikely to us that other forms of life could escape aging. Escaping aging is not escaping death. Death is an inherent part of life, and it can strike any time. But the question is whether death necessarily becomes more likely as life proceeds. And it does not. The theoretical results in this monograph indicate that life provides alternative strategies. While some organisms will deteriorate over adult ages, for others mortality appears to fall or remain constant, at least over an extended period of life after reproductive maturity. This is empirically observed especially for species that keep on growing during adult ages. Perhaps the diversity of aging matches the diversity of life. My thesis, the central insight of this monograph, is: to deeply understand why some species age it is necessary to understand why other species do not.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inevitable Aging?
Book Subtitle
Contributions to Evolutionary-Demographic Theory
Authors
Series Title
Demographic Research Monographs
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-76656-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-76656-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-76655-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09534-4
Series ISSN
1613-5520
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 170
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