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Introduction

  • George William Albert ConstableEmail author
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Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Abstract

In what follows I am going to explore how concepts and mathematical tools originally developed within physics can be applied to a variety of other fields. These can include, but are not limited to, population genetics, evolution, opinion dynamics, epidemiology and ecology. This thesis will focus primarily on models with an interpretation in population genetics, however models with an ecological and epidemiological flavour will also be explored. With this in mind, let us begin by discussing the questions, ‘what do we mean by a model?’ and ‘what makes a good model?’. The answers to these questions are by no means unarguable, but rather serve to give the reader an impression of the philosophy to which I attempt to adhere.

Keywords

Probability Density Function Intrinsic Noise Opinion Dynamic Individual Reproduce Deterministic Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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