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Evolutionary Dynamics

Exploring the Equations of Life

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$80.00 • £64.95 • €72.00

ISBN 9780674023383

Publication Date: 09/29/2006


384 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

145 color line illustrations

Belknap Press


Martin Nowak is undeniably a great artist, working in the medium of mathematical biology… Nowak has seemingly effortlessly produced a stream of remarkable theoretical explorations into areas as diverse as the evolution of language, cooperation, cancer and the progression from HIV infection to AIDS. Evolutionary Dynamics, based on a course he gives at Harvard, is a comprehensive summary of this work… This is a unique book. It should be on the shelf of anyone who has, or thinks they might have, an interest in theoretical biology.—Sean Nee, Nature

The lucid presentation, drawing frequently on the author’s own research, provides a uniquely compelling introduction to mathematical biology. Nowak aims to demonstrate the power of simple mathematics to illuminate diverse aspects of evolutionary analysis… Evolutionary Dynamics provides a new generation with an opportunity to draw from the masters.—Steven A. Frank, Science

The book will be a valuable resource both for those familiar with evolutionary dynamics and for those who are interested in learning the subject.—Ross Cressman, Mathematical Reviews

Two of the crucial processes that drive evolution, mutation and selection, can be described with mathematical equations. This book introduces the reader to the basic mathematical laws that govern the evolution of life… This is a fascinating treatment of evolutionary theory, with many fresh insights.—S. E., Southeastern Naturalist

I read this book with huge enjoyment. It is wonderfully well presented, and offers a wide range of new insights into interesting and important and emerging topics in mathematical biology. The book will have a wide and enthusiastic readership.—Robert M. May, Professor of Zoology, Oxford University

Martin Nowak has injected rigor and new ideas into the study of the evolution of language and cooperation. This book is brimming with insights and surprising findings and should be of interest to anyone who is curious about these topics.—Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Language Instinct, Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language, and How the Mind Works

This is a brilliant book by the master of his field. Simple, clear and profound on topics of major importance: cooperation, cancer, language, and HIV itself. You can only benefit by learning what Martin Nowak knows.—Robert Trivers, Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, and coauthor of Genes in Conflict

Awards & Accolades

  • 2006 R.R. Hawkins Award, Professional & Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers
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