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Evolution and the theory of games

Author: John Maynard Smith
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010. ©1982
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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,  Read more...
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Maynard Smith, John, 1920-2004.
Evolution and the theory of games.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1982
(DLC) 81021595
(OCoLC)8034750
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Maynard Smith
ISBN: 9780511806292 0511806299
OCLC Number: 1086578467
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2019. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 224 pages) : illustrations, graphs, tables
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction --
The basic model --
The war of attrition --
Games with genetic models --
Learning the ESS --
Mixed strategies-I.A classification of mechanisms --
Mixed strategies-II. Examples --
Asymmetric games-I. Ownership --
Asymmetric games-II. A classification, and some illustrative examples --
Asymmetric games-III. Sex and generation games --
Life history strategies and the size game --
Honesty, bargaining and commitment --
The evolution of cooperation --
The postscript.
Responsibility: John Maynard Smith, Professor of Biology, University of Sussex.
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