The Calculus of Selfishness

The Calculus of Selfishness

by Karl Sigmund
     
 

"Karl Sigmund helped conceive the field of evolutionary game theory and has dominated it for over thirty years. With The Calculus of Selfishness, he has written a highly engaging and captivating book for students and experts who want to learn about one of the most fascinating fields of science. When it comes to Karl Sigmund we are all students. This book is

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"Karl Sigmund helped conceive the field of evolutionary game theory and has dominated it for over thirty years. With The Calculus of Selfishness, he has written a highly engaging and captivating book for students and experts who want to learn about one of the most fascinating fields of science. When it comes to Karl Sigmund we are all students. This book is written for you and me."—Martin Nowak, Harvard University

"In this outstanding and beautiful book, Karl Sigmund extends the theory of games to understand how variations in real social situations alter social outcomes. With elegance, he clarifies the results from different studies, fully develops the concepts of reputation and trust, and gives the foundations for moving the discipline to the next level."—Steven Frank, University of California, Irvine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691142753
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/24/2010
Series:
Princeton Series in Theoretical and Computational Biology Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Introduction: Social Traps and Simple Games 1

2 Game Dynamics and Social Learning 25

3 Direct Reciprocity: The Role of Repetition 49

4 Indirect Reciprocity: The Role of Reputation 82

5 Fairness and Trust: The Power of Incentives 104

6 Public Goods and Joint Efforts: Between Freedom and Enforcement 123

7 Cooperation in Structured Populations 145

References 55

Index 169

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