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Evolution and the Theory of Games Hardcover – December 30, 1982

ISBN-13: 978-0521246736 ISBN-10: 0521246733 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (December 30, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521246733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521246736
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,197,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Of those two near-contradictory things publishers say about a book, that it is 'seminal' and that it is 'long-awaited', Evolution and the Theory of Games somehow manages to make me think of both at once....This is a book that must be read by every serious ethologist/sociobiologist....It is unmistakably a brilliant book by one of the most important contributors to ethology in its history, still at the height of his powers. The only reason we don't call him an ethologist is that he is so much else besides....the gems of wisdom and biological insight are still there on every page, and ethologists can spend many happy field sessions testing the ideas here." Richard Dawkins, Animal Behaviour

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By applying game theory to the problems of population biology, the author has succeeded in inventing new and interesting ways of looking at populations and has developed a theory leading to testable predictions.

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46 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Gintis on July 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
With this book, John Maynard Smith initiated a major strand of modern theoretical biology! The book does not require sophisticated mathematical preparation, but it operates on a consistently high level of analytical rigor. It is also very nicely written, with lots of biological examples.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juliano on August 21, 2013
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It is indeed a ingenious idea applied to evolutionary Biology. John Maynard Smith in his book explained in detail how Game Theory and Evolution walk side by side
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3 of 121 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2000
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All you want to know about theory of games
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