, Volume 20, Issue 5, pp 1041-1050
Date: 09 Mar 2006

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

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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.