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Evolutionary Dynamics: Exploring the Equations of Life

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Evolutionary change is the consequence of mutation and natural selection, which are two concepts that can be described by mathematical equations. 'Evolutionaty Dynamics' is concerned with these equations of life.
Hardcover, 363 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Belknap Press
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This book develops the mathematical equations for modeling a variety of fascinating topics in evolution. If you are comfortable with equations, and have some background in linear algebra, then you are well-equipped for the formalism in this book.

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
Incredible book. Read it for a game theory course. Very math-heavy, but with basic algebra skills you can work it out. For a non-mathematician, it will take time to go through each chapter (at least it did for me!). Don't let it frighten you; if you are at all interested in evolution, you can pick through the chapters and glean plenty. It's really fun to work these things out on the subway or in a cafe as a lot of the math is like a puzzle. This author has written some of the seminal works in ga ...more
This was an interesting book. It covers a range of topics with a range of applications. It is easy to read and most of the chapters are written such that they could stand alone, or at least be read out of order. I wish he would make a second edition to fix typos and mistakes (both in the text and figures) as well as bring everything into conformity.
Jul 11, 2010 DJ marked it as to-read
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Nothing makes me more excited than when a physicist writes a book on biology. Except when a mathematician does so.
Important content, but somewhat too dumbed down.
Aug 20, 2008 Ross rated it 5 of 5 stars
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 ...more
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Martin A. Nowak is Professor of Biology and Mathematics and Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University.

(His writings are indexed under the name M.A. Nowak.)
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