Elements of Physical Biology.

LOTKA, Alfred J. [James] (1880-1949):

Editorial: Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1925., 1925
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
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xxx, 460 pp, 2 leaves; 72 figs.; 36 tables (some folding). Original cloth. Very Good. Garrison-Morton 145.63. 'Thoroughly trained in mathematics and the physical sciences, Lotka supplemented his various day jobs with explorations on theoretical topics ranging from evolutionary biology and predator-prey interactions to immigration/fertility rate relations and bibliometrics. In his most influential work, Elements of Physical Biology, Lotka tackled a range of problems that his background in mathematics and physics suited him for, including (as listed in his entry in the ANB) 'growth and reproduction of organisms, equilibrium between organisms and their environment, evolutionary change, energy balance, the operations of the senses, and the problem of consciousness.' Nowadays his name comes up most frequently in two contexts: regarding his work on the population dynamics of animals (summarized in the so-called 'Lotka-Volterra model' also named for Volterra, who independently worked out the same principles), and his mathematical explanation of a pattern observed in bibliometric studies in which around sixty-one percent of the authors cited in a typical scientific paper are only cited once in that work' ('Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists: Chrono-Biographical Sketches' on Charles H. Smith's Alfred Russell Wallace Page). Lotka's 'remarkable book The Elements of Physical Biology. This book was written to provide for biology, or at least parts of biology, a basis comparable to that given by theoretical physics to experimental physics. Lotka probably knew a smaller proportion of the relevant biology of his time than a theoretical physicist usually knows of experimental physics. This gives parts of his book a curiously naïve character. In spite of this limitation it is a great work, one of the foundation stones of contemporary ecology' (G. Evelyn Hutchinson, Introduction to Population Ecology, 1979, p. 2). N° de ref. de la librería 18464

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Título: Elements of Physical Biology.

Editorial: Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1925.

Año de publicación: 1925

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Edición: 1st Edition

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