Evolution and the Theory of Games

  title={Evolution and the Theory of Games},
  author={J. Maynard Smith},
  journal={American scientist},
  volume={64 1},
  • J. M. Smith
  • Published 1 October 1982
  • Economics
  • American scientist
I want in this article to trace the history of an idea. It is beginning to become clear that a range of problems in evolution theory can most appropriately be attacked by a modification of the theory of games, a branch of mathematics first formulated by Von Neumann and Morgenstern in 1944 for the analysis of human conflicts. The problems are diverse and include not only the behaviour of animals in contest situations but also some problems in the evolution of genetic mechanisms and in the… 

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