Alfred Lotka

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In existographies, Alfred Lotka (75-6 BE) (1880-1949 ACM) (IQ:185|#72) (RGM:627|1,350+) (CR:181) (LH:14) (TL:196) was an Austrian-born American physical chemist, philosopher, mathematician, characterized “part-time genius” (Hannon, 2014)[1], note for introducing the "scientific Jabberwocky" (1925) model, and []


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The following are quotes on Lotka:

“In the era BC (before cybernetics), Lotka's Elements of Physical Biology [1925] was an important source of education and encouragement for few souls who had gleam in their eyes about the prospective mathematization of the social sciences. It had a substantial influence on Henry Schultz and Paul Samuelson, and, I am sure, many others besides myself. As a matter of fact, most of the ideas of Wiener [Cybernetics, 1948] emphasizes—for example, the relation of entropy to organizational behavior—can be found in Lotka, and I have felt some annoyance at the lack of recognition of the latter’s contributions.”
Herbert Simon (1953). “Letter to Howard Cirker of Dover Publications” [2]

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The following are quotes by Lotka:

“My willing to perform a certain ‘act’ is a mere accompaniment to the physical circumstances that bring about the object of my act.”
— Alfred Lotka (1925), Elements of Physical Biology (pg. 402); cited by Lawrence Horstman (1974) in The Lotka Hypothesis (pg. 3)[3]
“We may expect that the law of organic evolution takes the form that it is accompanied in the long run with diminution of some function, analogous to thermodynamic potential, of the parameters defining the physical state of the system as a whole.”
— Alfred Lotka (1945), “The Law of Evolution as a Maximal Principle” (pg. 176) [4]

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See also


  1. Hannon, Bruce; Ruth, Matthias. (2014). Modeling Dynamic Biological Systems (part-time, pg. v). Springer.
  2. (a) Simon, Herbert. (1953). “Letter to Howard Cirker of Dover Publications”, Aug 31, Box 5, ff. 202.
    (b) Crowther-Heyck, Hunter. (2005). Herbert A. Simon: the Bounds in Modern America (pg. 66). JHU Press.
  3. Horstman, Lawrences. (1974). The Lotka Hypothesis (pg. 3). Publisher.
  4. Lotka, Alfred. (1945). “The Law of Evolution as a Maximal Principle” (Jst), Human Biology, 17(3):167-94, 176n.
  5. Regarding Definitions – Hmolpedia 2020.


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