Epidemics are a recurring theme in history. But how much do we know about them? Also, can the past epidemics teach us about what to expect in the future?
David Earn from the department of applied mathematics at Ontario’s McMaster University wants to see what history can teach us. His research centers on evaluating historical records to find clues about pandemic spread. Studying this topic for the past two decades, Earn made significant progress in his pursuit.
Epidemic Spread in 17th Century London
How do we track the spread of epidemics in the past?
Earn and his team choose to use bills of mortality that they found sifting through old records. Furthermore, they concentrate