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Supercooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed

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“Exactly the message we need to counter the mythology of the ‘rugged individual’” (Bill Moyers, Progressive Reader).

Scientists have long puzzled over the idea that even in the face of natural competition, cooperation would have been necessary for life to evolve. Using his own groundbreaking research, Harvard professor of biology and mathematics Martin Nowak explains that even in pursuing our own interests we have an incentive to be kind to others as this encourages reciprocal kindness; to establish a nice reputation so people will want to work with us; and to work in teams because cooperating teams tend to be successful.

Deftly unpacking the five basic laws of cooperation—Kin Selection, Direct Reciprocity, Indirect Reciprocity, Network Reciprocity, and Group Selection—Nowak sheds new light on the most fundamental mechanics of everyday life.

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Martin Nowak, one of the world’s experts on evolution and game theory, working here with bestselling science writer Roger Highfield, turns an important aspect of evolutionary theory on its head to explain why cooperation, not competition, has always been the key to the evolution of complexity. In his first book written for a wide audience, this hugely influential scientist explains his cutting-edge research into the mysteries of cooperation, from the rise of multicellular life to Good Samaritans, and from cancer treatment to the success of large companies. With wit and clarity, and an eye to its huge implications, Nowak and Highfield make the case that cooperation, not competition, is the defining human trait. SuperCooperators will expand our understanding of evolution and provoke debate for years to come.

Synopsis:

Martin Nowak, one of the worldand#8217;s experts on evolution and game theory, working here with bestselling science writer Roger Highfield, turns an important aspect of evolutionary theory on its head to explain why cooperation, not competition, has always been the key to the evolution of complexity. In his first book written for a wide audience, this hugely influential scientist explains his cutting-edge research into the mysteries of cooperation, from the rise of multicellular life to Good Samaritans, and from cancer treatment to the success of large companies. With wit and clarity, and an eye to its huge implications, Nowak and Highfield make the case that cooperation, not competition, is the defining human trait. andlt;Iandgt;SuperCooperators andlt;/Iandgt;will expand our understanding of evolution and provoke debate for years to come.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;MARTIN A. NOWAKandlt;/bandgt; is Professor of Biology and Mathematics at Harvard University. He is Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. In 1998 he moved to Princeton to establish the first center in Theoretical Biology at the Institute for Advanced Study. Nowak has won many prizes and has revolutionized the mathematical approach to biology.andnbsp; Nowak has made important contributions to the understanding of virus infections and cancer. He has pioneered the mathematical theory for the evolution of human language and altruistic behavior.andlt;iandgt;Supercooperatorsandlt;/iandgt; will be Nowak's first book for a general audienceandlt;bandgt;.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;bandgt;ROGER HIGHFIELD, Ph.D.andlt;/bandgt; (Co-Writer) is the Editor of andlt;iandgt;New Scientistandlt;/iandgt; magazine, which is now the worldand#8217;s biggest selling weekly science and technology magazine. He has written/coauthored six popular science books, two of which have been bestsellers, including andlt;iandgt;After Dolly, The Science of Harry Potter, The Physics of Christmas, The Private Lives of Albert Einstein,andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Frontiers of Complexity.andlt;/iandgt;andnbsp;His most recent work was as the outside editor on genomic researcher J. Craig Venter's autobiography, andlt;iandgt;A Life Decoded, andlt;/iandgt;published in November, 2007 (Viking, US; Allen Lane, UK) .

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451626636
Author:
Nowak, Martin A.
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Highfield, Roger
Author:
Nowak, Martin
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
Altruism, Evolution,
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
index
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Martin Nowak, one of the world’s experts on evolution and game theory, working here with bestselling science writer Roger Highfield, turns an important aspect of evolutionary theory on its head to explain why cooperation, not competition, has always been the key to the evolution of complexity. In his first book written for a wide audience, this hugely influential scientist explains his cutting-edge research into the mysteries of cooperation, from the rise of multicellular life to Good Samaritans, and from cancer treatment to the success of large companies. With wit and clarity, and an eye to its huge implications, Nowak and Highfield make the case that cooperation, not competition, is the defining human trait. SuperCooperators will expand our understanding of evolution and provoke debate for years to come.
"Synopsis" by , Martin Nowak, one of the worldand#8217;s experts on evolution and game theory, working here with bestselling science writer Roger Highfield, turns an important aspect of evolutionary theory on its head to explain why cooperation, not competition, has always been the key to the evolution of complexity. In his first book written for a wide audience, this hugely influential scientist explains his cutting-edge research into the mysteries of cooperation, from the rise of multicellular life to Good Samaritans, and from cancer treatment to the success of large companies. With wit and clarity, and an eye to its huge implications, Nowak and Highfield make the case that cooperation, not competition, is the defining human trait. andlt;Iandgt;SuperCooperators andlt;/Iandgt;will expand our understanding of evolution and provoke debate for years to come.
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