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Main Title Interdisciplinary Public Health Reasoning and Epidemic Modelling: The Case of Black Death [electronic resource] /
Author Christakos, George.
Other Authors
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Olea, Ricardo A.
Serre, Marc L.
Yu, Hwa-Lung.
Wang, Lin-Lin.
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg,
Year Published 2005
Call Number GE45.M37
ISBN 9783540281658
Subjects Environmental sciences. ; Epidemiology. ; Bioinformatics. ; Mathematical physics.
Internet Access
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Collation XVI, 320 p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
Toward an Interdisciplinary Methodology -- Stochastic Modelling -- Black Death: The Background -- Mathematical Formulation of the Knowledge Bases -- Spatiotemporal Mapping of the Epidemic -- Epea Pteroenta. If you want to achieve something, if you want to write a book, paint a picture, be sure the center of your existence is somewhere else and that it's solidly grounded; only then will you be able to keep your cool and laugh at the attacks that are bound to come. " P. Feyerabend This is a book about interdisciplinary public health reasoning and epidemic m- th elling, in general, and the study of the infamous 14 century AD Black Death d- aster, in particular. We focus on the intellectual context in which epidemic mod- ling takes place, in a way that accounts for the present-day interdisciplinary and multicultural trends in scientific inquiry. Like most scientific fields, public health research defines itself based on knowledge, which raises serious epistemic and cognitive issues. Therefore, we maintain that for public health modellers to fu- tion in an often complex environment, they should be aware of the divergent c- ceptions of knowledge and the technological changes that these imply, the mul- ple sources of information commonly available and their reliability, the different styles of thinking adopted by the disciplines involved, and the importance of - veloping sound interdisciplinary knowledge integration skills.