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Dynamics of growth in human population: the effect of infectious diseases

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Author(s): Wadim Strielkowski | Evgeny Lisin | Emily Welkins

Journal: Social and Natural Sciences Journal
ISSN 1804-4158

Volume: 5;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Demography | Mathematical model | Population growth and dynamics | Infectious diseases

ABSTRACT
In this paper, we present a new approach to modeling andanalyzing the dynamics of growth in human population. Ouranalysis clearly shows that by now human population shouldhave long reached and surpassed the 7 billion mark. Theanalysis also suggests that there possibly a whole array offactors hampering the growth of human population withinfectious diseases being probably the most important one.The paper describes the most dangerous infectiousdiseases in human history and hypothesizes that they mightbe regarded as the “hidden factor” behind slowing down theexponential growth of human population. We conclude byproclaiming that infectious diseases might act as a naturalmechanism of clearing out human population and thereforeperform the role of the cleaning mechanism.
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