# A Brief History of R0 and a Recipe for its Calculation

@article{Heesterbeek2002ABH, title={A Brief History of R0 and a Recipe for its Calculation}, author={J.A.P. Heesterbeek}, journal={Acta Biotheoretica}, year={2002}, volume={50}, pages={189-204} }

In this paper I present the genesis of R0 in demography, ecology and epidemiology, from embryo to its current adult form. I argue on why it has taken so long for the concept to mature in epidemiology when there were ample opportunities for cross-fertilisation from demography and ecology from where it reached adulthood fifty years earlier. Today, R0 is a more fully developed adult in epidemiology than in demography. In the final section I give an algorithm for its calculation in heterogeneous…

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