Year of Award: 1978
Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 50, (1977), pp. 186-197
Summary: An historical survey of various models of population growth which gives attention to their character, derivations, and flaws.
About the Author(s): (from Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 50 (1977)) David A. Smith was born in New York City in 1938 and received a Ph.D. in algebra from Yale University in 1963. He is retired from Duke University. This article was written while on sabbatical at Case Western Reserve University. Professor Smith's interest in population dynamics was stimulated by research for his book, Interface: Calculus and the Computer (Haughton Mifflin, 1976). The present article grew from notes prepared for a calculus/differential equations class of Western Reserve sophomores.