Biology and Philosophy

, Volume 20, Issue 5, pp 1041–1050

The strategy concept and John Maynard Smith’s influence on theoretical biology

Authors

    • School of Life Sciences, Center for Social Complexity and Dynamics, Center for Biology and SocietyArizona State University
  • Edward H. Hagen
    • Institute for Theoretical BiologyHumboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • Peter Hammerstein
    • Institute for Theoretical BiologyHumboldt Universität zu Berlin
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10539-005-9022-6

Cite this article as:
Laubichler, M.D., Hagen, E.H. & Hammerstein, P. Biol Philos (2005) 20: 1041. doi:10.1007/s10539-005-9022-6

Abstract

Here we argue that the concept of strategies, as it was introduced into biology by John Maynard Smith, is a prime illustration of the four dimensions of theoretical biology in the post-genomic era. These four dimensions are: data analysis and management, mathematical and computational model building and simulation, concept formation and analysis, and theory integration. We argue that all four dimensions of theoretical biology are crucial to future interactions between theoretical and empirical biologists as well as with philosophers of biology.

Keywords

Evolutionary developmental biologyEvolutionary stable strategyGame theoryTheoretical biology

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