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In Games, an Insight Into the Rules of Evolution

Posted by ecoshift on August 4, 2007

Martin Nowak – In Games, an Insight Into the Rules of Evolution – New York Times
By CARL ZIMMER
Published: July 31, 2007

When Martin Nowak was in high school, his parents thought he would be a nice boy and become a doctor. But when he left for the University of Vienna, he abandoned medicine for something called biochemistry. As far as his parents could tell, it had something to do with yeast and fermenting. They became a little worried. When their son entered graduate school, they became even more worried. He announced that he was now studying games.

On the surface, Dr. Nowak’s many projects may seem randomly scattered across the sciences. But there is an underlying theme to his work. He wants to understand one of the most puzzling yet fundamental features of life: cooperation.

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