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ON EARTH AS IT IS IN THE HEAVENS

Lev Ginzburg and Mark Colyvan

in Ecological Orbits

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195168167
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.003.0001
ON EARTH AS IT IS IN THE HEAVENS

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This chapter introduces the main theme of this book: the analogy between celestial mechanics and population growth. It argues that like planetary motion, population growth is best understood via second-order differential equations: this is called the inertial model of population growth. The chapter also details a little about the role of analogy and metaphor in science.

Keywords: population growth; celestial mechanics; analogy; metaphor; inertial population growth; Malthusian growth

Chapter.  2391 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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