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# Evolutionary Dynamics: Exploring the Equations of Life

by
M.A. Nowak

At a time of unprecedented expansion in the life sciences, evolution is the one theory that transcends all of biology. Any observation of a living system must ultimately be interpreted in the context of its evolution. Evolutionary change is the consequence of mutation and natural selection, which are two concepts that can be described by mathematical equations.

*Evolutionar*...moreHardcover, 363 pages

Published
September 1st 2006
by Belknap Press

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What is best about this book, is how Martin Nowak develops the models starting from simple sets of equations. As the subject matter is developed, the models gain sophistication as additional parameters and feedback mechanisms are introduced. I especially ...more

The book gets started with an introduction to the concept of evolution and how replication, mutation, and selection, affect it. Every simple mechanism that is in action in nature, is modeled using differential equations. In other words, the author explains mathematical biology in the first few chapters. As soon as the author introduces game theory and applies it to the modelings, you have to follow the rest of the book wi ...more

Anyway, on to the actual contents.

The starting point is the (in?)famous Prisoner's Dilemma. Most of you have already of heard of it, but just in case: imagine two criminals, in prison and ch ...more

Aug 20, 2008
Ross
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it was amazing

Recommends it for:
biologists, mathematicians, people fascinated by life

This incredible book manages to clearly approach evolution from a mathematical perspective. This text succeeds in both presenting topics so that one who is not familiar with advanced maths can understand and benefit from it, yet still includes the equations and fundamental mathematical relations that will entice and empower one with a mathematical background. Everything is so clearly explained that it is a real pleasure to read. I would love to take his course. The first half of the book develop
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**is Professor of Biology and Mathematics and Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University.**

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