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Maynard Smith, John 1920-2004

Works: 111 works in 776 publications in 9 languages and 17,847 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Dedicatee, Other, Contributor
Classifications: QH366.2, 575
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Most widely held works by John Maynard Smith
The theory of evolution by John Maynard Smith( Book )

121 editions published between 1956 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 1,585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All living plants and animals, including man, are the modified descendants of one or a few simple living things. A hundred years ago Darwin and Wallace in their theory of natural selection, or the survival of the fittest, explained how evolution could have happened, in terms of processes known to take place today. In this book John Maynard Smith describes how their theory has been confirmed, but at the same time transformed, by recent research, and in particular by the discovery of the laws of inheritance
The evolution of sex by John Maynard Smith( Book )

33 editions published between 1976 and 1990 in English and held by 1,330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolutionary genetics by John Maynard Smith( Book )

58 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This second edition of John Maynard Smith's text on population biology, genetics and biological anthropology, includes new research findings on game theory and a new chapter on molecular genetics and the reconstruction of evolutionary history
The origins of life : from the birth of life to the origin of language by John Maynard Smith( Book )

42 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Origins of Life, Maynard Smith and Szathmáry have completely rewritten their earlier book, The Major Transitions in Evolution, to bring their ideas to a wider audience of general readers. Here is a brilliant, original picture of how life evolved on earth, focusing primarily on six major transitionsdramatic breakthroughs in the way that information was passed between generations. The authors offer illuminating explorations of the origin of life itself, the arrival of the first cells with nuclei, the first reproduction by sexual means, the appearance of multicellular plants and animals, the emergence of cooperative animal societies, and the birth of language. The Origins of Life represents the thinking of two leading scientists on questions that engage us all: how life began and how it gradually evolved from tiny invisible cells into whales and trees and human beings. - Publisher
Models in ecology by John Maynard Smith( Book )

48 editions published between 1973 and 1979 in 4 languages and held by 1,109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Predator-prey systems without age structure. Breeding seasons and age structure. Predator-prey systems with age structure. Competition. Migration. Stability and complexity - an introduction. The statistical mechanics of populations. Complexity at a single trophic levels. Complexity with several trophic levels. Coevolution. Territorial behaviour
The major transitions in evolution by John Maynard Smith( Book )

49 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During evolution there have been major changes in the way genetic information is transmitted from one generation to the next. This book discusses these transitions. The authors highlight the similarities between different transitions and show how an understanding of one sheds light on others
Mathematical ideas in biology by John Maynard Smith( Book )

28 editions published between 1968 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An introduction to some of the mathematical ideas which are useful to biologists ... the ways in which biological problems can be expressed mathematically, and how the mathematical equations which arise in biological work can be solved ... This book is particularly concerned with non-statistical topics"--Publisher description
The problems of biology by John Maynard Smith( Book )

39 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Anregung zum Schreiben dieses Buches erhielt ich von Henry HARDY vom Oxford University Press. Zweierlei Gründe machten die Idee für mich attraktiv. Ich fühlte mich geschmeichelt bei dem Gedanken, einen Vergleich mit Bertrand RUSSEL'S Buch Die Probleme der Philosophie herausfordern zu können. Vielleicht noch ausschlaggebender war das Studium populärer Bücher von EDDINGTON, JEANS, EINSTEIN, HALDANE und WELLS während meiner Schulzeit, die mich davon überzeugten, daß die grundle genden Wissenschaftsideen jedem erklärt werden können, der willens ist, die nötigen Anstrengungen für ihr Verständnis aufzu bringen. Ich bin ebenso davon überzeugt, daß das Verständnis dieser Ideen zu den aufregendsten und lohnendsten Erfahrungen zählt, die man haben kann. Ich habe mich bemüht, den Schwerpunkt mehr auf Probleme denn auf akzeptierte Wahrheiten zu setzen, was sich sogleich als Schwierigkeit erwies. Es ist unmöglich, Fragen zu diskutieren, deren Antworten wir nicht kennen, ohne erst jene zu behandeln, die wir beantworten können. Für die Biologie heißt das, wir können nicht ernsthaft über die weitgehend ungelösten Probleme - insbesondere die Probleme der Entwicklung und des Erken nens - nachdenken, ohne etwas über die Molekulargenetik und die Neurophysiologie zu wissen. Das tiefgründigste Wissen, das wir bis jetzt über die lebenden Organismen erreicht haben, ist das über die molekulare Natur der Vererbung. Es scheint deshalb unvermeidlich, daß ich dieses Wissen am Anfang des Buches dar lege
Evolution and the theory of games by John Maynard Smith( Book )

61 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and Japanese and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 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
Evolution now : a century after Darwin by John Maynard Smith( Book )

26 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The origin of life; The evolution of the genome; Lamarckian inheritance and the puzzle of immunity; The pattern of nature; Evolution: Sudden or gradual? The evolution of behaviour
Animal signals by John Maynard Smith( Book )

25 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shaping life : genes, embryos, and evolution by John Maynard Smith( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the past ten years, there has been a revolution in our understanding of developmental biology, as scientists apply the ideas and techniques of genetics and embryology to the processes of development. In this book, John Maynard Smith gives an account of the progress that has been made in this field - in our knowledge of both the development of individuals and the evolution of the species."--Jacket
Did Darwin get it right : essays on games, sex, and evolution by John Maynard Smith( Book )

15 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now in paperback, Did Darwin Get It Right discusses some of the hottest issues in biology today. Its author, the eminently quotable John Maynard Smith, discusses such fascinating conundrums as how life began, whether the brain works like a computer, why most animals and plants reproduce sexually, and how social behavior evolved out of the context of natural selection--a process which would seem to favor selfishness. A humorous and insightful writer, John Maynard Smith has the special ability to convey the excitement of science, its complexity and fascination, without baffling or boring his readers. In these 28 brief and accessible essays, Maynard ranges widely over such issues as science and the media, the birth of sociobiology, the evolution of animal intelligence and the limitations of evolutionary theory. For his work on the evolution of sex, Smith won the Darwin medal from the Royal Society, and he has pioneered the application of game theory to animal behavior
Evolution : essays in honour of John Maynard Smith( Book )

9 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On evolution by John Maynard Smith( Book )

11 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On being the right size and other essays by J. B. S Haldane( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution of social behaviour patterns in primates and man : a joint discussion meeting of the Royal Society and the British Academy( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organizational constraints on the dynamics of evolution( Book )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Games, sex and evolution by John Maynard Smith( Book )

10 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolution of adaptation by natural selection : a Royal Society discussion meeting( Book )

5 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The origins of life : from the birth of life to the origin of language
Alternative Names
Ioannes Maynard Smith

John Caesar Smith

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Maynard Smith, J. (John)

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Smith, J. Maynard.

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Smith, J. Maynard (John Maynard)

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Τζον Μέιναρντ Σμιθ

Мейнард Смит, Джон

ג'ון מיינרד סמית סופר בריטי

جان مینارد اسمیت

جون ماينارد سميث

메이나드 스미스, J. 1920-2004

메이너드 스미스, 존 1920-2004

존 메이너드 스미스


メイナード・スミス, J.

メイナード・スミス, ジョン


The evolution of sexEvolutionary geneticsThe origins of life : from the birth of life to the origin of languageModels in ecologyThe major transitions in evolutionMathematical ideas in biologyEvolution and the theory of gamesAnimal signals