Biomathematics

Mathematical Demography

Selected Papers

Authors: Smith, D., Keyfitz, Nathan

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This volume is an effort to bring together important contributions to the mathe­ matical development of demography and to suggest briefly their historical context. We have tried to find who first thought of the several concepts and devices commonly used by demographers, what sort of problem he was facing to which the device or concept seemed the solution, and how his invention developed subsequently in the hands of others. Historically, the book starts with a Roman table of life expectancies from the third century a. d. about which we know little, and with John Graunt's explora­ tions in an area that was still popularly suspect when he wrote in 1662. These are followed by the astronomer Halley, who looked into the field long enough to invent the life table and to notice that Their Majesties would take a sizeable loss on the annuity scheme they had just launched; and by Euler, who was first to devise the formulas of stable population theory and to apply them to filling gaps in data To these we add the handful of further contributions in the 19th century and many pieces from the explosion of contributions that began in this century with Lotka. We doubt that we have managed to trace everything back to its ultimate beginning, and suspect that our nominees in some cases have been anticipated by predecessors who will be turned up by other students.

Table of contents (56 chapters)

  • Tables of Annuity Values Which Were Sanctioned by the Roman Law for the Purposes of the Lex Falcidia

    Trenerry, C. F.

    Pages 7-9

  • Natural and Political Observations Mentioned in a Following Index, and Made Upon the Bills of Mortality

    Graunt, John

    Pages 11-20

  • An Estimate of the Degrees of the Mortality of Mankind

    Halley, Edmund

    Pages 21-26

  • A Treatise on the Valuation of Annuities and Assurances on Lives and Survivors

    Milne, Joshua

    Pages 27-34

  • Statistical Applications of the Mortality Table

    King, George

    Pages 35-38

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mathematical Demography
Book Subtitle
Selected Papers
Authors
Series Title
Biomathematics
Series Volume
6
Copyright
1977
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin · Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-81046-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-81046-6
Series ISSN
0067-8821
Edition Number
1
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