The strategy concept and John Maynard Smith's influence on theoretical biology

Manfred Laubichler, Edward H. Hagen, Peter Hammerstein

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Abstract

Here we argue that the concept of strategies, as it was introduced into biology by John Maynard Smith, is a prime illustration of the four dimensions of theoretical biology in the post-genomic era. These four dimensions are: data analysis and management, mathematical and computational model building and simulation, concept formation and analysis, and theory integration. We argue that all four dimensions of theoretical biology are crucial to future interactions between theoretical and empirical biologists as well as with philosophers of biology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1041-1050
Number of pages10
JournalBiology and Philosophy
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005

Keywords

  • Evolutionary developmental biology
  • Evolutionary stable strategy
  • Game theory
  • Theoretical biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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