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Gerontology & Geriatrics Studies

Mathematical Theory of Reliability and Aging: A Little Bit of History and the State of Art

  • Open or Close Vitaly K Koltover*

    Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, Moscow Region, Russia

    *Corresponding author: Vitaly K Koltover, Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, RAS, Chernogolovka, Moscow Region, Russia, Email:

Submission: February 26, 2018; Published: March 20, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/GGS.2018.02.000544

ISSN: 2578-0093
Volume2 Issue4


In engineering, reliability is defined as the ability of a device to perform the preset function for the given time under the given conditions. The foundations of mathematical theory of reliability were laid in the 1950s due to the needs of aeronautic machinery, electronics, problems of communication and management, etc. [1- 3]. Like in engineering, each and all biological systems are devices constructed to perform the preset functions according to the information planes, i.e. - the genetic programs. Biological constructs perform their functions in the presence of a great number of random factors which disturb all functional strata, starting from the molecular level of organization and to ecosystems inclusive. Therefore, similarly to technical devices, biological constructs are not perfectly reliable in operation, i.e. - for each and every device normal acts of operations alternate with stochastic (random) malfunctions or failures.

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