An Optimality Approach to Ageing

  • Reimara Rossler
  • Peter E. Kloeden
  • Otto E. Rossler
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 270)


Medawar and Williams’ partially predictive approach to ageing can be turned into a predictive theory. A recently found new ageing formula allows interpretation in terms of an optimality criterion: “Minimize competition with offspring.” A fixed-point problem in function space results. If nature complies, two new open questions arise: (1) Identification of the evolutionarily stable mechanism which ensures selection for the new trait; and (2) identification of the physiological mechanism which enables statistical adherence to the new law on the level of the individual.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Reimara Rossler
    • 1
  • Peter E. Kloeden
    • 2
  • Otto E. Rossler
    • 3
  1. 1.Medical PoliclinicUniversity of TubingenTubingenWest Germany
  2. 2.School of Mathematical and Physical SciencesMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia
  3. 3.Institute for Physical and Theoretical ChemistryUniversity of TubingenTubingenWest Germany

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