The statistics of dying

I have often commented in the past that the supposed scientific revolution is described in popular presentations as the astronomical revolution and the modernisation of physics with sometimes a bit of medicine tacked on to make it seem broader whereas in fact in the period between about 1400 and 1700 CE a very wide spectrum of academic disciplines went through a period of renewal or were created for the first time driven by the socio-economic and political pressures of the age. Today’s birthday boy John Graunt, born on the 24th April 1620, is credited with creating a completely new discipline, that bane of all sociology students, statistical demography.

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Aging freak who fell in love with the history of science and now resides mostly in the 16th century.
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