Evolution and the Theory of Games - PDF Free DownloadSkip to search form Skip to main content. John Maynard Smith and evolutionary game theory. JMS would probably have agreed with this. In an essay entitled 'Evolution and the Theory of Games' Maynard Smith , he set out to trace the history of this idea. View on PubMed. Open Access. Save to Library.
Evolution and the Theory of Games
Evolution and the Theory of Games is a book by the British evolutionary biologist John Maynard Smith on evolutionary game theory. In the book, John Maynard Smith summarises work on evolutionary game theory that had developed in the s, to which he made several important contributions. The book is also noted for being well written and not overly mathematically challenging. The main contribution to be had from this book is the introduction of the Evolutionarily Stable Strategy , or ESS, concept, which states that for a set of behaviours to be conserved over evolutionary time, they must be the most profitable avenue of action when common, so that no alternative behaviour can invade. So, for instance, suppose that in a population of frogs, males fight to the death over breeding ponds. This would be an ESS if any one cowardly frog that does not fight to the death always fares worse in fitness terms, of course.
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