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Ecological OrbitsHow Planets Move and Populations Grow$
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Lev Ginzburg and Mark Colyvan

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.001.0001

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ON EARTH AS IT IS IN THE HEAVENS

ON EARTH AS IT IS IN THE HEAVENS

Chapter:
(p.3) ONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN THE HEAVENS
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Ecological Orbits
Author(s):

Lev Ginzburg

Mark Colyvan

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.003.0001

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

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