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  • ISBN 0198546653
  • ISBN13 978-0198546658
  • Language English
  • Author Karl Sigmund
  • Publisher Oxford University Press (August 26, 1993)
  • Pages 256
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  • Category Different
  • Subcategory Humanities
  • Size ePub 1449 kb
  • Size Fb2 1201 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 784

Life is often a matter of gambles, pay-offs and trade-offs, just like a game. This book takes the reader on a tour through the games and computer simulations that are helping science to understand the ecology, evolution and behaviour of real life - from cat and mouse to cellular automata, from the battle of the sexes to artificial life, from poker to the prisoner's dilemma. It explains why scientific observations and insights can be structured as the rules of a survival game, and what happens when they are assembled on a computer or in the mind and allowed to run. The book looks at genetics, population ecology, evolution and animal behaviour. Looks at genetics, population ecology, evolution and animal behaviour.

In "Games of Life" Karl Sigmund has written a game-theoretical approach to life and evolution that manages to be informative, thought provoking and witty as well.

In "Games of Life" Karl Sigmund has written a game-theoretical approach to life and evolution that manages to be informative, thought provoking and witty as well. He has managed to pull together a number of areas into one cohesive thread; contemprary topics such as complexity in population dynamics, game theory as applied to natural selection and self-reproducing automata are discussed in a suprisingly clear and intuitive manner

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Author Karl Sigmund applies the ideas and methods of game theory and mathematical modeling to evolution, sex, animal behavior, and aggression in Games of Life, which was included in Ian Stewart's "Top 10 Popular Mathematics Books" in the Guardian (1/18/2012).

Author Karl Sigmund applies the ideas and methods of game theory and mathematical modeling to evolution, sex, animal behavior, and aggression in Games of Life, which was included in Ian Stewart's "Top 10 Popular Mathematics Books" in the Guardian (1/18/2012). Starting with artificial life and self-replicating machines, the book examines pursuit games between predators and prey and draws parallels between games of chance and the randomness of molecular evolution. Other topics include the bizarre double games played by chromosomes and applications of game theory to animal behavior.

By: Karl Sigmund(Author). 272 pages, 52 illustrations. Author Karl Sigmund applies the ideas and methods of game theory and mathematical modeling to such areas as evolution, sex, animal behavior, and aggression. By: Karl Sigmund(Author). Publisher: Dover Publications.

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Life is often a matter of gambles, pay-offs, and trade-offs, just like a game. This book takes us on a tour through the games and computer simulations that are helping us to understand ecology, evolution and behaviour.

This book takes us on a tour through the games and computer simulations that are helping us to understand ecology, evolution and behaviour.

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Breder
If you found this book, you are probably either very persistant or very lucky - when I put in the title it doesn't even come up in the first several pages on Amazon's own search engine. In any case, you have come across a real gem.

This book is an amazing combination of mathematics, science, reason and wit. It is a great way for those of us who are not particularly well-versed in biology or math to learn a considerable amount of important knowledge in a short time. Sigmund manages the impossible in this very well-written book: to explain his rather complex subject thoroughly, but concisely, without becoming tedious or condescending.

I found it humbling that someone could be such a good natural writer (I believe English is not even his native tongue) and to have such mastery of a technical subject. While this is not a casual read, it is consistently intriguing and thought-provoking and is well worth the effort.

I also find it rather amazing that this book is not a best-seller (at least as far as any book dealing with mathematics and biology can be). It's hard to believe there is anything else out there that attempts to bring scientific knowlege to the uninformed with such profound success.

I would say that the best thing about this book to me was that it showed the inherent logic of life. In this regard, the chapter on the "prisoner's dilemma" was particularly enlightening as to the underlying cause of much of human behavior.

In sum, a brilliant, well-written book that might challenge you, but won't make you reach for your calculator.

As a p.s. years after my original review - while this is out-of-print, it is evidently still in demand. I was hoping to buy a used hardcover edition for my library and can't find any available. The cost of buying even secondhand paperback copies is astronomical. Perhaps another edition is in order???
OwerSpeed
In "Games of Life" Karl Sigmund has written a game-theoretical approach to life and evolution that manages to be informative, thought provoking and witty as well. He has managed to pull together a number of areas into one cohesive thread; contemprary topics such as complexity in population dynamics, game theory as applied to natural selection and self-reproducing automata are discussed in a suprisingly clear and intuitive manner. In one particularly impressive chapter, he begins with John Conway's "Life," a cellular automata familiar to all computer programmers and hobbyists, and shows how even a computational machine this simple (Life has only three rules) can be used to create a self-replicating automaton. He builds it piece by piece in a way that's intuitively obvious, yet brilliant in its simple elegance.

Readers interested in artifical life, the dynamics of population, self organized complexity will find this a stimulating and entertaining read.
Beranyle
nice !
ZEr0
A prerequisite to biology evolving games for biologists or anyone interested in modelling real life situations where competition takes place
Lamranilv
I'm sorry to see that this book is out of print at the time of this writing. I hope it gets republished.
For one thing, it's funny. Karl Sigmund is a mathematician, and he has a mathematician's sense of humor. (I mean that as a _good_ thing.)
For another, it's very informative. The topics of the chapters are widely scattered -- John Horton Conway's game of Life; predator-prey systems; the Prisoner's Dilemma and the evolution of cooperation -- but what they have in common is their relevance to evolutionary biology, ecology, and psychology. And I don't personally know of any other single volume that introduces _all_ of them to the lay reader -- let alone that does so as well and charmingly as Sigmund's book.
I originally set out to review it because I had just written a review of William Provine's _The Origins of Theoretical Population Genetics_. These two books work pretty well together: Provine gives a "diachronic" account of the historical development of the field (or at least one of its major subfields), and Sigmund gives a "synchronic" account of its present state (or nearly so; the book was written in 1993). Between the two of them, they ought to give the interested reader a pretty healthy sense of what's so intellectually captivating about this field.
Well, if that sounds good to you, pick up a used copy of Sigmund's book. Or maybe, by the time you read this, it will be back in print.
Lcena
A friend rated this as one of the 10 best books he'd ever read, and I'd agree. For full understanding it is an incredibly dense read [which is how I like 'em], but for skimming, it's OK, too. I desperately wish it had had algorithm code or links to some code in it, but I guess that stuff is everywhere now [the book is about 16 years old.]

BRAVO!
Uranneavo
You'll learn a lot with this one! How can an Austrian Mathematician be so funny?A clear guide to the state of the art in biology.Sigmund makes connections with computer programming,human behaviour,sex, altruism.No unnecessary tedious explanations,complex only when it must be. In short a great book and a great teacher. Do not miss this one!!
This book is unfortunately "all over the place", which prevents it from adding up to a cohesive whole. However, it is still a treasure trove of great little tidbits, all dealing with evolution/systems theory in some way, but coming from widely different disciplines and locations. This alone recommends it.