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Foundations of Social Evolution Paperback – July 21, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0691059341 ISBN-10: 0691059349

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Steven A. Frank is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: Monographs in Behavior and Ecology
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (July 21, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691059349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691059341
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Gintis on May 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a book for mathematically-inclined population and evolutionary biologists and other behavioral scientists. It is not for the layperson. The book is an extended exegesis on Price's equation---like variations and themes. The exposition is a bit rough, but some of the formulations are marvelous.
Price's equation is great for dealing with the interaction of structured populations, but there are other important approaches, including developing Markov processes and/or sets of differential equations to capture the dynamics of interacting social groups.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 1999
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This book may well be everything its poblisher says it is, but it still will be of little use to readers unused to reading mathematical tracts. I was disappointed. With all the contention in this crucial field, somebody needs to go back to the beginning and carefully review the issues -- without bias and animus -- in a way that any attentive reader can understand.
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