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Evolutionary Psychological Science

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 404–405 | Cite as

Robert Trivers, Wild Life: Adventures of an Evolutionary Biologist

Biosocial Research Foundation, 2015, 238 pp., US$ 12.99, ISBN # 978-1938972126 (Paperback)
  • Bernhard Fink
Book Review

This is not a science book. It is a book about a scientist’s life, characterized by ups and downs. In this regard, Robert Trivers’s life is not unusual. However, the challenges he faced may have been special, as is his style in overcoming them. His life includes challenges he created for himself, that he is responsible for, and perhaps he is the only person who could cope with and survive them. In Wild Life, Robert Trivers provides autobiographical insight into the development of his ideas, his academic career, and his private life. Trivers is best known for his early work on social theory, including seminal papers he published in the 1970s. These include papers on reciprocal altruism, parental investment, facultative sex-ratio, and parent-offspring conflict. He has further devoted considerable time to investigating intra-genomic conflict and more recently to developing a theory of deceit and self-deception—topics he has been into for more than 4 decades.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GoettingenGoettingenGermany

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