Game theory and evolution (1973)

  • Nicolas Bacaër


In 1973 Maynard Smith and Price published an article analyzing why animals avoided using their most dangerous weapons in intraspecific conflicts. Their model used game theory and was one of those that launched the application of this mathematical theory to evolutionary problems.


Game Theory Communist Party Stable Strategy Evolutionary Stable Strategy Evolutionary Game Theory 
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Further reading

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    Charlesworth, B., Harvey, P.: John Maynard Smith, 6 January 1920–19 April 2004. Biog. Mem. Fellows R. Soc. 51, 253–265 (2005) CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Edwards, A.W.F.: Carl Düsing (1884) on the regulation of the sex-ratio. Theor. Pop. Biol. 58, 255–257 (2000) CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Frank, S.A.: George Price’s contributions to evolutionary genetics. J. Theor. Biol. 175, 373–388 (1995) CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Maynard Smith, J., Price, G.R.: The logic of animal conflict. Nature 246, 15–18 (1973) CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Maynard Smith, J.: Evolution and the Theory of Games. Cambridge University Press (1982).
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    Schwartz, J.: Death of an altruist: Was the man who found the selfless gene too good for this world? Lingua Franca 10, 51–61 (2000). Google Scholar
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    Sigmund, K.: John Maynard Smith and evolutionary game theory. Theor. Pop. Biol. 68, 7–10 (2005) MATHCrossRefMathSciNetGoogle Scholar
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    Taylor, P.D., Jonker, L.B.: Evolutionary stable strategies and game dynamics. Math. Biosci. 40, 145–156 (1978) MATHCrossRefMathSciNetGoogle Scholar
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    Von Neumann, J., Morgenstern, O.: Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. Princeton University Press (1944).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement)BondyFrance

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