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.


Ageing Curve Selective Disadvantage Detrimental Mutation Alternative Life History Life History Style 
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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 UniversityMurdochWestern Australia
  3. 3.Institute for Physical and Theoretical ChemistryUniversity of TubingenTubingenWest Germany

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