Super Cooperators : Altruism, Evolution and Mathematics (or, Why We Need Each Other to Succeed)

Author(s): Martin Nowak & Roger Highfield

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Darwin's theory of evolution is infamous but it has one major chink. If life is all about survival of the fittest, then why do people risk their lives to save strangers? And what about charity and fairness? Why do we cooperate? Evolutionary scientists have struggled with this problem since the days of Darwin. Now Harvard's celebrated evolutionary biologist Martin Nowak has built on previous efforts, and his own research over two decades, to come up with five laws of cooperation, revealing how this very human characteristic is as fundamental as gravity. With Roger Highfield he explains in this groundbreaking book that cooperation is central to the four-billion-year-old puzzle of life - how molecules in the primordial soup first crossed the watershed that separates dead chemistry from biochemistry. In Super Cooperators, Nowak and Highfield deftly unpack the basic laws of cooperation to explain the most fundamental mechanics of everyday life.


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Martin Nowak is Professor of Biology and Mathematics at Harvard University and the recipient of a raft of international prizes. He has held major research posts at the University of Vienna, Oxford University, Princeton and now Harvard. He has published over 300 papers and has been widely praised for revolutionising the mathematical approach to biology. Roger Highfield, PhD, is the editor of New Scientist magazine. He has written or co-authored six popular science books, two of which have been bestsellers.

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  • : 9781921758294
  • : Text Publishing Co
  • : The Text Publishing Company
  • : May 2011
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : Australia
  • : June 2011
  • : books

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  • : Martin Nowak & Roger Highfield
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 576.801
  • : 400