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Math 480 - Special Topics: Game Theory, Evolution and Ecology


Course Description: This class will be devoted to the theory and applications of evolutionary game theory. Game theory was first developed as a mathematical theory for analysing human actions, and has been of considerable importance in economics. Remarkably, in more recent developments, game theory has been combined with the central ideas of Darwinian evolution to produce a new theory, evolutionary game theory, which describes evolutionary processes in a mathematical way. This new theory has a deep mathematical stucture, and has many important applications in biology. It is also striking that evolutionary game theory is now being widely applied to solve problems in economics and the social sciences. The class will cover the theory and some of the important applications of evolutionary game theory. The class will consist of a combination of lectures, readings of important works in the subject, and class discussions.


Current Textbook: Evolutionary Dynamics, by Martin Nowak, Harvard University Press. Check with your instructor to make sure this is the textbook used for your section.

Spring 2008 Schedule:
Section Meeting Time Topic Instructor
1 TuTh 1:00pm-2:15pm Game Theory Timothy Killingback
2 MW 1:00pm-2:15pm General Topology Steven Jackson


The order of presentation of the contents of this syllabus, exams, and grading policies are entirely at the discretion of the individual instructor.

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