Journal of Mammalian Evolution

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 157–159 | Cite as

Evolutionary Game Theory, Natural Selection, and Darwinian Dynamics

By Thomas L. Vincent and Joel S. Brown. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2005. 400 pp. $ 100.00 (hardcover). ISBN 0-521-84170-4
  • Jeffrey A. FletcherEmail author
Book Review


While Darwin's theory of natural selection ... has all the elements of a “game” it could not be formulated as such until the development of game theory nearly a century later.

—Vincent and Brown 2005, p. 72

While many books have been written about evolutionary game theory over the last couple of decades, Thomas Vincent and Joel Brown's recent book, a culmination of their collaboration over almost two decades, is especially ambitious in both breadth and depth. In terms of breadth the authors address a much wider array of biological phenomena (both evolutionary and ecological) than is typical. In addition, whereas classic evolutionary game theory limits itself to behavioral interactions and phenotypes, this book takes a very broad view of what constitutes a “game” and places natural selection itself firmly within a game-theoretic framework. In terms of depth, the authors heartily embrace (and demonstrate how to model) many of the complexities in evolving systems. These include...

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Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologyThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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