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—Steven Strogatz, Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics, Cornell University, and New York Times contributor
"SuperCooperators looks beyond The Selfish Gene and invites us to think afresh about evolution. Contrary to the simplistic idea that selfishness is the only strategy for survival, the brilliant Martin Nowak proves that cooperation is also vitally important. This rich and rewarding book teems with new ideas and insights, which co-author Roger Highfield makes wonderfully lucid and entertaining."
—Graham Farmelo, author of The Strangest Man, winner of the Costa Biography Award
"A fantastic journey into the science of cooperation, with important implications for both individuals and society alike."
—Richard Wiseman, author of Paranormality, 59 Seconds and Quirkology
"Martin Nowak is regarded as the foremost mathematical theorist working in evolutionary biology. His contributions on cooperation and altruism here augmented by the expertise of Roger Highfield, fall in one of the most important domains of present-day biology."
—Edward O. Wilson, author of Consilience and Pellegrino University Research Professor, Harvard University
"Roger Highfield deftly weaves together a personal and informative account of the research of Harvard's Martin Nowak to reveal five mechanisms that rule human behaviour. On the way, they explore the origins of life, language, cancer and much more, and highlight how evolution can lead to cooperation as well as competition."
—Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and recent President of the Royal Society
"A panoramic view of the role of cooperation in the evolution... [A] sweeping survey... Nowak is a mathematical biologist, and his enthusiasm for numbers is extremely useful in his discussions of evolutionary theory. However, thankfully for the mathematically disinclined, there is little hard math here...A fleshed-out, persuasive chronicle of the bright side-collective enterprise-of the evolutionary road."
At the moment, this book seems like a formidable waste of (reading) time and money.
Kin selection and inclusive fitness theory has been one of the corner stones of our understanding of the evolution of social behaviour.
Nowak lives for his work, and merges with gusto his biography with the story of his field.
One of the best pop-science books I have ever read. I purchased it a couple of years ago, then lost, and now want to have a spare hard copy to re-read and pass to the children... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Andrew
An overview of Nowak's work, but not of the study of cooperation. Nowak is a leading figure in this field, but his ideas are challenged by many, and he repeatedly overstates his... Read morePublished 6 months ago by joe shla
I have not read the whole book yet. But very much recommend it as a well developed hypothesis about how somewhere lies a brighter instinct for collective survival. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Javier Angel Alvarez
As a former research biologist, I was thrilled to find mathematical proof for the evolutionary value of cooperation under certain conditions. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Molly O'malley
The chatty writing, walks and hikes in woods and mountains, a ski hut, frequent major digressions, personal descriptions of grad student life, informal portraits of familiar names,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by C. Kollars
This is a provocative and well reseasrched book. The five ways in which cooperastion presents itself is powerful and enlightening. Read morePublished 14 months ago by James C. Powell
Based on mathematical models, the authors describes five mechanisms for achieving cooperation - repetition, reputation, spatial selection, multilevel selection, and kin selection. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jysoo Lee
Written by a Professor of Biology and Mathematics, this inspiring text shows how all human beings are born to collaborate in their personal and professional lives. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
The writing is very good, the ideas are clear. I've read only about 35% of the book by now, so far so good. Although, some of it seems too much of a wishful thinking to me. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Eduardo Bessa