## Evolutionary dynamics : exploring the equations of life

Publication details: Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, Belknap Press, [c2006]Description: 363pISBN: 9780674023383 (hardback)Subject(s): Evolution (Biology) | Mathematical modelsLOC classification: QH371.3.M37Online resources: Google books (partial access)Item type | Current library | Collection | Shelving location | Call number | Status | Date due | Barcode | Item holds |
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Book | ICTS | Biophysics | Rack No 14 | QH371.3.M37 (Browse shelf (Opens below)) | Available | 02843 | ||

Book | ICTS | Biophysics | Rack No 14 | QH371.3.M37 (Browse shelf (Opens below)) | Available | 02844 |

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 What Evolution Is

Chapter 3 Fitness Landscapes and Sequence Spaces

Chapter 4 Evolutionary Games

Chapter 5 Prisoners of the Dilemma

Chapter 6 Finite Populations

Chapter 7 Games in Finite Populations

Chapter 8 Evolutionary Graph Theory

Chapter 9 Spatial Games

Chapter 10 HIV Infection

Chapter 11 Evolution of Virulence

Chapter 12 Evolutionary Dynamics of Cancer

Chapter 13 Language Evolution

Chapter 14 Conclusion

Further Reading

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. Evolutionary Dynamics is concerned with these equations of life. In this book, Martin A. Nowak draws on the languages of biology and mathematics to outline the mathematical principles according to which life evolves. His work introduces readers to the powerful yet simple laws that govern the evolution of living systems, no matter how complicated they might seem.

Evolution has become a mathematical theory, Nowak suggests, and any idea of an evolutionary process or mechanism should be studied in the context of the mathematical equations of evolutionary dynamics. His book presents a range of analytical tools that can be used to this end: fitness landscapes, mutation matrices, genomic sequence space, random drift, quasispecies, replicators, the Prisoner’s Dilemma, games in finite and infinite populations, evolutionary graph theory, games on grids, evolutionary kaleidoscopes, fractals, and spatial chaos. Nowak then shows how evolutionary dynamics applies to critical real-world problems, including the progression of viral diseases such as AIDS, the virulence of infectious agents, the unpredictable mutations that lead to cancer, the evolution of altruism, and even the evolution of human language. His book makes a clear and compelling case for understanding every living system—and everything that arises as a consequence of living systems—in terms of evolutionary dynamics.--- Summary provided by the publisher.

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