Chapter 11

Evolutionary Game Theory in Biology

Peter Hammerstein*; Olof Leimar    * Institute for Theoretical Biology, Humboldt University Berlin, 10115 Berlin, Germany Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden


This chapter reviews the origin and development of game-theoretic ideas in biology. It covers more than half a century of research and focuses on those models and conceptual advancements that are rooted in fundamental biological theory and have been exposed to substantial empirical scrutiny. The different areas of research—ranging from molecules and microbes to animals and plants—are described using informative examples rather than attempting an all-encompassing survey.


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