Did Darwin Get It Right?

Essays on Games, Sex and Evolution

  • Authors
  • John┬áMaynard┬áSmith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Science, Ideology and Myth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 3-7
    3. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 8-14
    4. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 15-21
    5. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 22-29
    6. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 30-38
    7. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 39-50
  3. On Human Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-52
    2. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 53-60
    3. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 61-80
    4. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 81-85
    5. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 86-92
    6. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 93-97
    7. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 98-104
    8. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 105-113
    9. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 114-121
  4. Did Darwin get it Right?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 125-130
    3. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 131-147

About this book

Introduction

Now in paperback, Did Darwin Get It Right discusses some of the hottest issues in biology today. Its author, the eminently quotable John Maynard Smith, discusses such fascinating conundrums as how life began, whether the brain works like a computer, why most animals and plants reproduce sexually, and how social behavior evolved out of the context of natural selection--a process which would seem to favor selfishness. A humorous and insightful writer, John Maynard Smith has the special ability to convey the excitement of science, its complexity and fascination, without baffling or boring his readers. In these 28 brief and accessible essays, Maynard ranges widely over such issues as science and the media, the birth of sociobiology, the evolution of animal intelligence and the limitations of evolutionary theory. For his work on the evolution of sex, Smith won the Darwin medal from the Royal Society, and he has pioneered the application of game theory to animal behavior.

Keywords

Charles Darwin Darwin behavior biology evolution evolutionary biology the origin

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-7862-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-03821-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-7862-4
  • About this book