Evolution and the Theory of Games
By (author) John Maynard Smith
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Evolution and the Theory of Games by John Maynard Smith
Book DescriptionIn this 1982 book, the theory of games, first developed to analyse economic behaviour, is modified so that it can be applied to evolving populations. John Maynard Smith's concept of an evolutionarily stable strategy is relevant whenever the best thing for an animal or plant to do depends on what others are doing. The theory leads to testable predictions about the evolution of behaviour, of sex and genetic systems, and of growth and life history patterns. This book contains a full account of the theory, and of the data relevant to it. The account is aimed at senior undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and research workers in animal behaviour, population genetics and evolutionary biology. The book will also be of interest to mathematicians and game theorists; the mathematics has been largely confined to appendixes so that the main text may be easily followed by biologists.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521288842
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Oct-1982
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Maynard Smith
Origins of Life, Paperback (March 2000)
In this volume, John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary propose that during evolution, there have been a number of major transitions in the way in which information is passed between generations. These include the appearance of the first replicating molecules, the emergence of co-operative animal societies, and the unique language ability of humans.
Evolutionary Genetics, Paperback (January 1998)
Focuses on evolution and population genetics. This book talks about research on game theory, discuses sex and host-parasite interactions, and contains a chapter on molecular genetics and the construction of evolutionary history. It is useful for advanced undergraduates interested to know this topic within the context of evolutionary biology.
Major Transitions in Evolution, Paperback (October 1997)
During evolution, there have been several major changes in the way genetic information is organized and transmitted. These transitions include the origin of life itself, the first eukaryotic cells, reproduction by sexual means, and more. This illustrated book discusses these major transitions and their implications, along with diagrams.
Ant and the Peacock, Paperback (September 1993)» View all books by John Maynard Smith
An enthralling account of the arguments about altruism and sexual selection raging since Darwin's day.
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